For Newborns Exposed To Opioids, Health Issues May Be The Least Of Their Problems

Among the troubling developments of the nation's opioid crisis: a large number of babies born prenatally exposed to opioids. On a recent reporting trip, we visited Trinity Hospital in Steubenville, Ohio, where according to the acting CEO, 1 in 5 babies are born with prenatal opioid exposure. Other hospitals report as many as 1 in 8 newborns exposed to opioids in the womb. It led us to wonder what long-term consequences there might be for the babies, some of whom experience neonatal abstinence syndrome at birth. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, a pediatrician and professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of...

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