Act introduced to combat the opioid crisis

Updated: Apr. 19, 2018 at 5:24 PM CDT
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(WAFF) - Another step has been made toward fighting the opioid epidemic plaguing the country.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the "Protecting Moms and Infants Act" on the senate floor today. He says its purpose is to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to report on the implementation of strategies developed in the Protecting Our Infants Act that was signed into law back in 2015.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the act has several key strategies from preventing prenatal opioid exposure to providing treatment services for infants that have been exposed to drugs before birth, as well as pregnant and parenting women fighting an Opioid Use Disorder.

Clete Wetli of Huntsville Recovery Services thinks this act is a great benefit to them because it shows that lawmakers are finally realizing the need to spend money on effective, evidence-based treatment, which is the focus of their center.

If a mother is addicted to opioids. When that baby is born, they also will be addicted to opioids and they'll go through withdrawls. said Wetli. It's really important that women in that situation get prenatal care.

McConnell says the bill continues their "years-long efforts" to protect the most vulnerable.
He added this legislation will continue to bring an end to the misery of the opioid epidemic and urged his colleagues to support it.

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