729 babies born addicted to drugs
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.