Figures obtained by the Shropshire Star under a Freedom of Information request show that 52 women with addictions had babies between 2012 and the end of last year.

The women were addicted to a variety of substances, from heroin and crack cocaine to sleeping tablets. Almost half of the babies were born in 2012, with 12 born to mothers with heroin addictions, five to cannabis-addicted mothers, three to alcoholics and two each to mothers addicted to cocaine and methadone.

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