Born Addicts, Opioid Babies in Withdrawal from First Breath

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As the heroin and painkiller addiction epidemic gripping Pennsylvania and the whole country worsens, the number of babies born drug dependent has surged. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. saw two or three drug-dependent babies annually when Dr. Lauren Johnson-Robbins began working there 17 years ago. Now Geisinger cares for about twice that many per month between its neonatal intensive care unit in Danville and the NICU at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. Penn State Children’s Hospital is averaging about 20 per year, although it had cared for 18 through last June, with the final 2016 number not yet available.

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