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Babies born exposed to opioids grew fivefold in ten years in Arizona

In 2016, the last complete year for which data is available, 790 Arizonans died of an opioid overdose. The drugs’ spread has been several times more dramatic for a small and vulnerable population: pregnant mothers and newborns. The number of infants born with opioid withdrawal symptoms in Arizona has increased almost five-fold during roughly the same period.