Babies born addicted to opiates perform poorly in school, study says

Children born dependent on heroin and other opiates may be more likely to perform poorly academically as they get older, according to a new study from Australian researchers. For the study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, the authors examined school test data for all children born in the state of New South Wales between 2000 and 2006, looking at reading and math test scores in third, fifth and seventh grades. By the time the children reached grade 7, scores for children with NAS were lower than scores for other children in grade 5.

Babies born addicted to opiates perform poorly in school, study says