WASHINGTON — Today, the Senate passed the Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act as part of a legislative package to address the ongoing addiction epidemic.
The CRIB Act is intended to bolster the work of treatment centers like Brigid’s Path in Dayton.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) introduced the CRIB Act with Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W/Va.) and helped pass it out of the Finance Committee in June. The package now will be reconciled with a package of House bills also related to the addiction epidemic.
“There isn’t a community in Ohio that hasn’t been touched by the addiction epidemic, and we are doing all we can to fight it,” said Brown. “Too many victims of this epidemic are the infants born to mothers who struggle with addiction. With the right care, newborns born with neonatal abstinence syndrome have every shot of growing up healthy. This is an important step forward in getting moms and babies in Ohio care that best fits their needs.”
The CRIB Act will help newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition often caused by the use of opioids and other addictive substances in pregnant women.
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