Chrysalis House, one of Kentucky’s largest licensed substance abuse treatment program for women, and Volunteers of America Mid-States are supporting a bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Sen. McConnell and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced a bi-partisan bill called the Protecting Moms and Infants Act (PMIA).
The aim of the bill is to develop a strategy to prevent prenatal exposure to opioids, treat infants born with opioid withrdawal, and improve the states’ public health response to this growing problem.
The bill instructs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a review of the agency’s activities related to prenatal opioid abuse and treating infants born dependent on opioids, coordinate with stakeholders to develop recommendations for preventing and treating prenatal opioid exposure, and present a comprehensive strategy to address gaps in research and programs.
“The opioid epidemic cannot be solved by a single program or piece of legislation. But by building on our successful efforts, we can continue to make a real difference in the lives of its smallest victims,” Senator McConnell said. “To address a complex issue like the opioid epidemic, it is critical that the federal government continues to collaborate with states, communities, and localities to find comprehensive solutions through prevention and treatment. I am proud to once again join with my colleague, Senator Bob Casey, to unveil this legislation which seeks to address prenatal opioid exposure and help the increasing number of vulnerable infants born dependent on opioids.”
(This story was originally published on April 20, 2018)