More babies in the US are born addicted to opiates like heroin. That’s weird. How does a “blob of tissue” become addicted to something humans can get addicted to?
The proportion of U.S. babies born suffering from withdrawal syndrome after exposure to heroin or prescription opiates in utero has more than doubled in less than a decade, a study suggests.
Researchers focused on what’s known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition akin to withdrawal that develops when babies essentially become addicted to drugs their mothers use during pregnancy.
Nationally, the rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome involving mothers’ use of opiates – which includes heroin as well as prescription narcotics like codeine and Vicodin – surged from 2.8 cases for every 1,000 births in 2009 to 7.3 cases for every 1,000 births in 2013, the study found.
Hey, this is good news for Planned Parenthood. It’s yet another reason to abort. In the words of Ruth Vader Ginsburg there are “populations we don’t want too many of.” Surely blobs of tissue with a heroin addiction would count as that, right?