Despite meth crisis, more Winnipeg babies are born affected by opioids, alcohol: WRHA

The number of babies born addicted to drugs in Winnipeg has been on the rise for a number of years, but despite the meth crisis, that drug doesn’t appear to be the main culprit.Dr. Joss Reimer with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) told 680 CJOB that despite the city’s high rates of meth use, it’s not causing the same problem in this area as opioids.“Unlike things like morphine or heroin, babies who are born to moms who are using meth don’t experience the withdrawal symptoms that we’ve seen,” said Reimer.“So there’s not that same sort of urgent care that’s required for that specific issue.”The number of babies born addicted to opioids in Winnipeg has risen every year since 2012.View link »