A mother and child's struggle with drug dependency

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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Becoming a parent is an exciting, life altering experience for anyone, but when a pregnancy comes at a time when a person is at their lowest point, it can be troubling. We're talking about babies born to mothers who are addicted to drugs.

In 2012, the number of babies in Maine born "substance dependent" spiked to 779.

According to Eastern Maine Medical Center's records so far this year 185 of those babies have been born in Bangor. EMMC's records show more than 75% of the babies were exposed not to an illegal drug, but to the drug its mom is taking as part treatments designed to help the mother quit.

In Bangor, there are three methadone treatment clinics serving nearly 1,500 people. Some of those receiving the treatments are pregnant women.

At least one doctor believes, in essence, a baby born dependent on methadone is better than a baby in the womb going through withdrawal.

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