The United States’ opioid epidemic continues to spiral out of control. So much so, that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under 50. There doesn’t seem to be a single area of human life that the crisis hasn’t touched. And recent data shows that the drug crisis is impacting the youngest Americans, causing a huge spike in babies born addicted to drugs.
Dramatic Uptick in Babies Born Addicted To Drugs
New data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) paints a bleak picture for newborns in the United States.
According to the CDC’s data, the number of babies born addicted to drugs has quadrupled nationwide from 2000 to 2016. And in Florida, one of the states hardest hit by the drug crisis, the situation is even worse.
Florida has seen a tenfold increase in the number of babies born with drug addiction in as many years. In 2006, 438 newborns were diagnosed with neonatal drug withdrawal syndrome. In 2016, that number spiked to 4,215.
“It’s a national epidemic and Florida has been hit hard,” said