WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — As state officials continue to look for ways to combat Maine's opioid problem, the spotlight was put on the rising number of mothers giving birth to children affected by drugs.
Mental health professionals met at Thomas College for a conference on substance use and pregnancy. Speakers provided insight on the effects of substance abuse exposure, along with ideas about what can be done to improve outcomes for families.
According to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, more than a thousand babies a year are born drug affected, which includes affects from drinking and the use of illicit drugs while pregnant. Nationally, the CDC says the number of babies born addicted to opioids has tripled in the last 15 years, with Maine ranking second out of 28 states in babies born with a drug withdrawal syndrome in 2012.
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