With the steep increase in use of heroin and opiates, increased funding and education for expectant mothers is greatly needed. It’s estimated that a baby is born addicted to opiates every 19 minutes in the United States. Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) is writing new legislation to address the problems. “A lot of times while they’re here, while the baby’s here, we can convince them and help them get into a treatment program. But sometimes spaces are limited and we have trouble finding them a spot,” says Dr. Thomas Riley, the Director of the NICU at Sisters of Charity Hospital.
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