Nearly 600 babies have been born “addicted” to drugs in Scotland since 2015, health boards have revealed.
The problem was worst in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, with 178 cases over the three years.
The Liberal Democrats, who obtained the figures using Freedom of Information, said they showed why Scotland needed a “more progressive” drug abuse policy. The Scottish government said it was “committed to giving every child the best start in life”.
Data from health boards showed 584 infants – the equivalent of almost four a week – were delivered suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) over the three-year period.
Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “On average, a baby is born every other day in Scotland addicted to harmful substances. “These are terrible circumstances under which to take your first breath.
BBC /Scottish Sun report.