Opioid-Dependent Newborns Straining Rural Hospitals

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A new study reports that from 2004 to 2013, the proportion of newborns born dependent on drugs increased nearly sevenfold in rural hospitals, to 7.5 per 1,000 from 1.2 per 1,000. The rise among urban infants was nearly fourfold, to 4.8 per 1,000 from 1.4 per 1,000.
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