One in five babies in this area is born with a drug in their bloodstream. One weekend, eight of the 12 babies born at Thomas Memorial Hospital were born addicted to drugs.
Having newborns addicted to drugs is a tragedy.
West Virginia leads the nation in prescription drug abuse, which likely is why the percentage of babies born with drugs in their blood is so high.
Cabell Huntington Hospital is launching a pediatric rehabilitation center geared specifically for the needs of addicted newborns.
Beth Hedrick, director of obstetrics at Thomas, said her hospital is working to try to wean pregnant women from drugs before they deliver.
Charleston Area Medical Center is using yet another approach - educating people on how to care for addicted infants on their own.
All approaches, alas, are needed. What a heck of a note on the state of the state.