The nation is experiencing an opioid epidemic of previously unknown heights. Unfortunately, some of the youngest people are being affected: Infants. In the state of Colorado, there has been a reported rise in the number of newborns who enter the world addicted to opioids.
According to The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the number of infants born as addicts has risen by 83 percent since 2010. In 2015, the number of children born with an addiction rose to 3.6 out of every 1,000 births. That number is up from 2 births per 1,000.
A spokesperson for the department said that the reason is likely due to the increased number of adults using heroine. She said that the risk of a newborn being born with an addiction to opioids is directly linked to the use of heroin by mothers. In 2016, more than 500 people died from heroin and opioid overdoses in the state.
Any woman who is pregnant and using opioids is strongly urged to seek medical treatment for their addiction as soon as they discover they are pregnant. Experts say that methadone treatment can be very effective and help increase the odds of a baby being born healthy.
If you or a loved one is dealing with an opioid or heroin addiction, we are here to help. Reach out to our addiction rehabilitation center in Tampa. We understand the difficulties you face, and we are here to assist you. Call our center today to speak with a member of our team.