My Turn: Anne Walters: Opioid crisis hits children, too

The statistics are startling. More than 2.5 million people were addicted to opiates in 2015, and the Centers for Disease Control reports that opioid deaths quadrupled between 1999 and 2016. There has been far less focus on the effect of this crisis on children.

In terms of prenatal exposure, the rate of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome — problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to opiate drugs in the womb — has quadrupled over the past 15 years.