"Whether you have the numbers we have now or lesser numbers, it is a problem. I think it creates a need for a very comprehensive program," says Chief of Pediatrics Mark Brown.
About 770 drug dependent babies have been born in Maine this year. That number is expected to surpass 800 by years end.
Marie Hayes, a Professor of Psychology, explains, "I think we may have more risk as a group in Maine, in Tennessee, in Appalachia, that's where the highest rates are. That's also the places where the rates of poverty are very high."
The Governor's letter released Wednesday reads in part, "It is my hope we can reverse this troubling trend, because our children's future depends on it."
Moran says society needs to more understand of contributing factors, saying, "We really need to as a system, better understand addiction, to treat it in a more consistent manner as we do other illness."
While there is no one way to fix the problem, doctors hope the number will decrease after more analysis.