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Report: Newborn drug dependency on the rise in New Mexico

December 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Data collected by the state health department shows the number of babies born dependent on drugs in New Mexico more than tripled between 2008 and 2017.

A recent report shows annual reported cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the state grew steadily over that period to 330 last year.

Larry Leeman leads the University of New Mexico’s Milagro Program , which provides addiction treatment for pregnant women and moms with newborns. He tells KUNM that options are scarce and that’s part of the problem.

He says the focus needs to be on providing access to services in smaller communities that may not have physicians or counselors who are comfortable treating both pregnant mothers and babies.

Of the reported cases, nearly half were white babies and a nearly a third were Hispanic.

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Information from: KUNM-FM, http://kunm.unm.edu/

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