Substance exposed infants

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Why This Indicator Matters

Opioid abuse is a serious public health threat for Delaware and the U.S. In 2016, the CDC reported that over 42,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid addiction, often leaving behind broken families and children. Opioids come in many forms, which aids their pervasiveness in society; they can be obtained as prescription medication, fentanyl (a synthetic pain reliever that is often used for treating severe pain cases), and heroin. Ensuring that we treat those currently afflicted with addiction and setting barriers in place to prevent growth of the addicted population with be paramount to protecting our children from the societal damages of substance abuse.
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