Three babies are born every day in the United Kingdom who are addicted to heroin or other illegal drugs.
Birth statistics from the Department of Health shows that over 5,500 babies have been born within the past 5 years who were addicted to heroin, crack cocaine and other drugs at the time of their birth.
The babies are given opiates within their first few hours of life in order to help the baby deal with “neonatal withdrawal symptoms”.
Throughout the UK, an estimated 350,000 children are believed to be living with parents who abuse illegal drugs.
Source: Amanda Williams, “Drug addict babies: Three born every day are already hooked on heroin and cocaine,” Daily Mail, January 2, 2013.