Rate of addiction varies by region, with a 53-fold increase in West Virginia, showing a disturbing rise in infants forced to withdraw

The number of US women who gave birth addicted to opioids has quadrupled in the last 15 years, increasing the number of infants who face a long, painful withdrawal at birth, according to new government data.

However, like many health problems in America, there is vast regional variation. While the rate of women who gave birth addicted to opioids in Hawaii matched the national average, the rate increased 53-fold in West Virginia.

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