Born to Drugs:
Maine’s most innocent victims
Lisa Hasch of Monmouth adopted Jay Patrick (JP) – shown here waking up from a nap in August – when he was four weeks old and suffering from withdrawal symptoms that included tremors, rashes, vomiting and constant screaming.
Photo by Yoon S. Byun
About this series
Nearly 6,000 babies have been born affected by drugs in Maine in the past five years. These innocent victims are caught in a crisis that is marked by suffering and strained hospitals and state resources. In this series of often gut-wrenching stories, Pine Tree Watch examines the challenges within this sad reality.
Nearly three drug-affected babies were born each day in Maine from 2013-2017, severely taxing hospitals, the foster care system and other resources.