Babies born in opioid withdrawal have unusually small heads

A new study suggests the drugs may impair brain growth

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LESS GROWTH  Infants born in withdrawal from opioids had heads that were nearly a centimeter smaller, on average, than babies born to mothers who didn’t use the drugs while pregnant.

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