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Singapore’s health ministry has asked the country’s drug watchdog to investigate a possible spike in the number of babies born to people with congenital drug-addictions.
High-risk drug users are leaving their babies with their mothers due to a lack of recognised treatment programmes for mothers with drug-addiction problems.
Earlier this month the healthcare authorities drew accusations of abandoning their responsibilities to the babies.
The numbers are likely to increase in the coming months.
The National Health Service said 10 babies born in the first three months of the year were born to mothers who had used drugs for at least a year.
In 2017 Singapore recorded a total of 600 cases of prenatal drug-exposed babies, more than seven times the previous year.
The problem has especially been a problem in north-western Singapore, where many opiate addicts feel that they are the only way out of a bleak and violent existence.
Switzerland already has babies born with congenital drug-addictions.
Many patients, after struggling to self-soothe their infants while breastfeeding, end up permanently abandoning their babies for drug treatment centres.