Study finds rural children more likely to be born with opioid addictions

14688d11364778879628f618a4504f40A new study from the University of Michigan shows the number of children born with opioid addictions in rural communities increased significantly from 2004 to 2013.

Opioid addiction in babies has increased nationwide but the proportional increase in rural communities was seven, compared to a four fold increase in urban areas.

Dr. Nicole Villapiano is the lead author on the study. She said the long term impacts of being born with addiction aren’t yet known.

“What we do know is that there are some studies that show some problems with attention in preschool and grade school in kids who have had neonatal abstinence syndrome as infants, but we don’t have studies that follow children out longer term than that right now.”

Villapiano said giving rural communities better access to health care will be essential to help combat the rise of addiction.