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Ohio starts program to help drug-addicted babies, mothers



Published: Fri, August 30, 2013 @ 1:12 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio plans to start a program to help babies who are born addicted to drugs, as officials look to address prescription drug abuse and opiate addiction.

About 200 mothers and babies who are addicted to painkillers and heroin would get treatment and counseling under the $4.2 million, three-year pilot program, Gov. John Kasich’s administration announced Thursday.

Ohio has launched efforts in recent years to crack down on illegal prescription painkiller use and distribution, including changing guidelines for emergency room doctors and closing clinics where doctors were improperly prescribing drugs.

Overdose drug deaths have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio and several other states.


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1LtMacGowan(669 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Its about damned time. Im surprised Kaisich and his Cronies haven't just continued the time honored republican approach of "Lock them all up, and let CCA make millions that they ll kick back to us"

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2southsidedave(4860 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Drug addicted babies...what a terrible way to begin a life

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