729 ba­bies born ad­dicted to drugs

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - POLITICS -

MORE than 700 Scots ba­bies were born ad­dicted to drugs in the last five years, stark new fig­ures have re­vealed.

Re­search by the Lib Dems shows that since 2012, 729 ba­bies were born show­ing signs of drug ad­dic­tion be­cause of their mother tak­ing le­gal or il­le­gal drugs dur­ing preg­nancy.

The symp­toms, caused by drugs pass­ing from the mother to her foe­tus’s blood­stream dur­ing preg­nancy, in­clude un­con­trol­lable trem­bling, hy­per­ac­tiv­ity and high-pitched cry­ing.

The party’s health spokesman, Alex Cole-Hamil­ton MSP, said the data shows fund­ing for drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion ser­vices needs to in­crease.

He said: “There fig­ures are ut­terly heart­break­ing. To think a new­born baby is hav­ing to start life in re­hab is be­yond imag­i­na­tion. What makes it worse is each case is tragedy that could have been avoided.

“The Scot­tish Govern­ment has slashed fund­ing to drug and al­co­hol part­ner­ships by more than 20%. Valu­able lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties have shut their doors. The num­ber of drug-re­lated deaths has spi­ralled to its high­est ever level.

“The ar­gu­ment against these cuts is clearer now than ever.”

Mr Cor­byn said lead­ing Labour was “fun” as he sipped tea with pen­sion­ers in Fife yes­ter­day.

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