The rate of babies being born with opioid withdrawal symptoms in America has sharply risen over the past decade, especially for infants in rural areas.

Out of every 1,000 babies born in rural America in 2013, approximately 7.5 were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the official medical term for a newborn exposed to addictive opiate drugs in the womb.

This is up from roughly 1.2 for every 1,000 newborns in 2004, according to a report published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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