Almost 100 babies severely affected by drugs born last year

Consequences include low birthweight and reduced head growth

17th November, 2020
Almost 100 babies severely affected by drugs born last year
Hospitals across the country recorded 94 instances of a newborn baby being recorded as suffering from complications caused by their mother's substance misuse in 2019. Picture: Getty

Hospitals recorded a baby born either addicted to or severely affected by drugs almost 100 times last year.

The figures, which were provided in response to a Freedom of Information request from the HSE’s Hospital Inpatient Enquiry (HIPE) system, show that hospitals across the country recorded 94 instances of a newborn baby being recorded as suffering from complications caused by their mother's substance misuse.

However, the HSE did not provide a breakdown of the drugs...

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