“Today during a markup of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, a bill cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to help prevent and treat prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome passed a key committee and advanced in the Senate.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear of children who are exposed to opioids before they are even born,” said Brown. “With admissions for newborns affected by addiction on the rise, it is clear we aren’t doing enough to give babies a healthy start in life. This bill would study and develop new treatment and prevention efforts to make sure fewer children face this troubling problem. We know Ohio has both an infant mortality problem and an opioid abuse problem. While no solution will solve this overnight, this bill can help us start looking at this two-pronged health crisis in new ways.”
Source: Brown.Senate.Gov – September 30, 2015