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R.I. seeing more drug-dependent babies

Newborns of addicted mothers must endure painful withdrawal

Rhode Island, which is reeling from a surge in opiate overdoses, got more disturbing news Monday: Health officials there revealed the rate of infants born dependent on drugs continues to rise after nearly doubling from 2005 to 2012.

The increase is considered to be one more ominous sign that abuse of drugs, particularly heroin and opiate painkillers, is growing in a state that already has recorded 90 overdose deaths this year.

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