With the rise in opiate abuse, this should not surprise anyone.
Again, those calling for legalization cannot prove that this phenomenon will not continue to increase once the supply is decriminalized and people feel freer to experiment and even get hooked.
What happens to these children is debated: some say no harm, others say lots of harm, others still acknowledge the harm by try to pass it off as a matter of an overall unhealthy social environment. What we do know is that being born addicted means that you will likely have a terrible life... because you have terrible parents.
This is the one question we almost never ask people these days: what kind of a parent will you make? We are so used to addressing a person's character in terms of his own happiness or ability to care for himself, but what about his ability to conduct that basic function of raising kids?
We ought to ask this question more often, because babies happen... and then what? Is everyone else supposed to raise your child for you so that you can run around and have more fun?
Instead, we fall for the hippie shtick about personal freedom and 'you-are-not-the-boss-of-me.' Get this: I will be your boss if you come to me and ask me to fix your problems. You can't get stitches from the doctor unless you hold still, and so you can't expect help if you are not going to cooperate with the helping.