State sees increase in newborns exposed to opioids

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Jessica had been hooked on heroin for two years when she found out she was 4 1/2 months pregnant.

Shortly afterward, while in prison, she decided to start taking methadone to treat her addiction. She had been told if she quit cold turkey, she had a higher chance of miscarrying.

But she was also told her baby would go through withdrawal once he or she was born because of the exposure to methadone, which — like heroin — is an opioid.

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