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West Virginia DHHR releases NAS birth statistics by county


The Journal


CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources can now provide neonatal abstinence syndrome birth data on a county level, DHHR officials said Wednesday.

The DHHR released county-level neonatal abstinence syndrome data for 2017 that indicated the overall incidence rate at 50.6 cases per 1,000 live births — or 5.06 percent — for West Virginia residents.

The state’s highest incidence rate of NAS was 106.6 cases per 1,000 live births — or 10.6 percent — in Lincoln County, followed by Marshall County, with 102.1 cases per 1,000 live births, or 10.21 percent.

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