Practically 600 infants have been born hooked on medicine in Scotland since 2015, well being boards have revealed.
The issue was worst within the Larger Glasgow and Clyde space, with 178 circumstances over the three years.
The Liberal Democrats, who obtained the figures utilizing Freedom of Data, stated they confirmed why Scotland wanted a “extra progressive” drug abuse coverage.
The Scottish authorities stated it was “dedicated to giving each baby the most effective begin in life”.
Information from well being boards confirmed 584 infants – the equal of virtually 4 per week – had been delivered affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) over the interval.
Lib Dem well being spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton stated: “On common, a child is born each different day in Scotland hooked on dangerous substances.
“These are horrible circumstances underneath which to take your first breath.”
Infants born with NAS, which is attributable to medicine passing from the mom to her unborn baby throughout being pregnant, can undergo from a variety of signs, together with uncontrollable trembling, hyperactivity, and high-pitched crying.
The variety of infants recorded as being affected by this fluctuated from 203 in 2015-16, to 190 in 2016-17 and 191 in 2017-18.
There have been 120 such births within the Grampian area over this era and 63 in NHS Lothian between 2015 and 2017 – the board having solely offered knowledge for that interval.
NHS Tayside gave figures for births within the calendar years 2015, 2016 and 2017, with the variety of infants born addicted totalling 61 over this era.
Mr Cole-Hamilton stated the issue may very well be averted “with the fitting mixture of insurance policies and help to assist these misusing medicine”.
‘Nonetheless in restoration’
He added: “If the Scottish authorities is dedicated to giving each Scottish baby the most effective begin in life, it must take a progressive method to drug coverage and deal with the horrendous ranges of drug misuse, life-long addictions and pointless deaths.
“Alcohol and drug partnerships had been set again massively by the Scottish authorities’s brutal £20m funding cuts. It was rightly overturned two years later however the sector continues to be in restoration. It could actually’t occur once more.
“We additionally want a brand new nationwide technique that’s lastly centered on treating drug misuse as a well being situation, supporting individuals as an alternative of criminalising and penalising them.”
The Scottish authorities stated its new mixed drug and alcohol technique would give attention to “how providers can adapt to fulfill the wants of these most in want”.
A spokesman stated: “Now we have lately launched additional funding to cut back the harms attributable to alcohol and medicines, bringing the whole offered to greater than £70m this monetary 12 months.
“That is along with the £746m we now have invested to deal with alcohol and drug use since 2008.”