Ohio programs work to care for infants, mothers, affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Maternal opioid use disorder rates (graphic from CDC)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF) -- Between June 1, 2020 and May 14, 2021 almost one thousand suspected cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) were reported to the Ohio Department of Health, and from the start of his administration, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has been working to help families who suffer from this affliction through the Governor’s Children’s Initiative.

Through an online meeting, Governor DeWine met with several different programs to discuss the cross-agency collaboration aimed at addressing the safety, health, and substance use disorder treatment needs of infants and their family or caregiver. “We’re focusing this conference and this discussion on things we can do about this – things that we can do at the state level and things that can be done on a local level,” DeWine said.