Report: Scioto County leads Ohio in drug-addicted births

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A recent report from the Children’s Defense Fund has found that Scioto County in south-central Ohio has the highest birth rate of drug-addicted babies in the state.

The study says 76 babies in every 1,000 live births in Scioto County are born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

The Portsmouth Daily Times reports ( ) infants born in Ohio’s Appalachian region are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with NAS compared with the state average.

A nurse manager in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s maternity department says about 12 to 13 percent of babies born each year at the hospital have tested positive for an illegal substance.

Just behind Scioto County is Lawrence County with 67 drug-addicted babies in 1,000 live births and Pike County at 58 per 1,000 live births. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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