Attorneys For Opioid-Exposed Children Seek Ongoing Testing, Care

Michele Rout and her grandson, Gabe, pose for a photo in their attorney's office in Chillicothe. [Nick Castele / ideastream]

Michele Rout is an assistant law director in the city of Chillicothe, one of the places in Ohio hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.

But her experience with the human toll of the crisis goes beyond the courtroom.

Rout and her husband are raising two grandchildren who were exposed to opioids before birth and experienced symptoms of withdrawal afterward — a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

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