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Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother's drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants.

The number of babies born physically dependent on drugs is on the rise in Florida and around the nation.  The condition, called neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs in newborns who were exposed to addictive opiate drugs like heroin, methadone and oxycodone in utero.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of babies born with NAS increased five-fold from 2000 to 2012.  

The number of newborns who are physically dependent on drugs in Florida has nearly doubled since 2010, according to The News-Press.

Florida needs to educate doctors, nurses and parents about the need for prevention and treatment in combating the “epidemic” of infants born addicted to pain medications, a task force led by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi reported Monday, as the Miami Herald reports. The task force called for more treatment slots and preference for pregnant women.