A mother holds her infant son Luke during a visit with him at Lily’s Place, a treatment center for opioid-dependent newborns in Huntington, West Virginia, October 19, 2015.

The rates of babies in rural American areas born with symptoms of opioid withdrawal has skyrocketed, illustrating another symptom of the ongoing opioid epidemic spreading through parts of the United States.

Rural babies and mothers with opoid-related conditions are more likely than urban ones to come from lower-income families, and have public insurance, according to a new study published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Pediatrics.
Out of every 1,000 babies born in 2004, about 1.2 were born with opioid withdrawal, which, in babies, is called neonatal abstinence syndrome. By 2013, that number increased about to 7.5 per 1,000 hospital births among rural infants.

This far outpaces the jump in cases among urban babies, which were 1.4 per 1,000 urban babies in 2004 to and only 4.8 per 1,000 in 2013.

The number of hospital deliveries complicated by opioid use among rural mothers also jumped from 1.3 per 1,000 to 8.1 per 1,000.

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