Born to Drugs
ABOUT THIS SERIES
Nearly 5,000 babies have been born affected by drugs in Maine in the past five years. These innocent victims are caught in a crisis that is marked by suffering and strained hospitals and state resources. This series of often gut-wrenching stories examines the challenges within this sad reality.
Piercing cries and a state of crisis
Nearly three drug-affected babies were born each day in Maine from 2013-2017, severely taxing hospitals, the foster care system and other resources.
Maine ranks 9th in number of children impacted by opioid crisis
Maine will need an estimated $2 billion by 2030 to treat and care for opioid-affected children.
Focusing on Maine’s most innocent victims
Figuring out how to stop babies from being born affected by opioids is one of many objectives for the man hired to put an end to Maine’s drug crisis.
Legislators concur: Number of opiate-dependent babies in Maine must go down
In response to a fall Pine Tree Watch series, Maine Congressional delegation members say they’ll keep fighting to expand funds to pay for prevention, treatment and related services.
From depths of addiction to symbol of hope
Drug-free for three years after battling addictions since age 12, mom and advocate Courtney Allen looks to a healthy future with her sons.
Meant to love and care for special babies
An experienced foster mom refuses to give up on her opiate-exposed infant.
Desperate to change
After losing custody of her first five daughters because of an opiate addiction, a Maine mother battles her illness and the odds to keep her new baby.
Services aim to help women with opiate addictions prevent pregnancy
Nationally, 51 percent of women in the general population have unintended pregnancies, but women with substance-use disorders have much higher rates – nearly 80 percent, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
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