“Babies born exposed to opioids are the most vulnerable victims of this epidemic. It is imperative to create a continuum of care for these babies, so that they and their families can get the right services at the right time in the right setting,” she said.
The CRIB Act earned support from U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, in the House and Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in the Senate. It passed the House last week as part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.
“The opioid epidemic is unlike anything we’ve seen,” Turner said Thursday at Brigid’s Path.
Studies show that cases of NAS have tripled over the past decade. In Ohio alone, NAS increased six-fold between 2004-2011, from 14 cases per 10,000 live births in 2004 to 88 cases per 10,000 live births in 2011.
In 2015, the Ohio Department of Health released data that there had been 2,174 hospital admissions for NAS, and reported that an average of 84 infants were being treated for drug withdrawal by Ohio hospitals every day.
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Members of the Exchange Club of Dayton have served as Brigid Path’s volunteers and were happy to hear the CRIB Act passed. The group decided to collect diapers, baby items and money to support Brigid’s Path in August to show support for the organization.
“We notified area churches and other organizations soliciting their involvement,” said Ted Greenwood of the Exchange Club. “Significant contributions were made by One Lincoln Park residents, First Baptist Church, St Mark’s Episcopal church and The Access Center as well as the Dayton Exchange Club.”
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