A Crisis with Scant Data: States Move to Count Drug-Dependent Babies

March 29, 2016

(NPR) – How do you fix a problem if you don’t know its size? Many states — including some that have been hardest hit by the opioid crisis — don’t know how many of their youngest residents each year are born physically dependent on those drugs. They rely on estimates. Pennsylvania is one of those states. Ted Dallas, head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services, calls the information he’s working with “reasonably good.”