D.H.S. speaks out about infant withdrawal syndrome
Oklahoma City, Okla —
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services said they're expecting to see more infants suffering from withdrawals after birth in the coming years.
"In state, fiscal year 2016 we saw 517 children who had some sort of substance exposure," According to Casey White, with D.H.S.
She says ninety-nine of those babies were drug affected, which means they experienced withdrawal symptoms after birth.
White said it's important for everyone -- not just doctors –- to be on the lookout for signs of drug abuse in pregnant women.
"All Oklahomans are mandatory reporters by law as far as child abuse and neglect," She said.