Bill Passed by U.S. House to Help Addicted Babies
Legislation designed to support babies born addicted to drugs passed unanimously in the United States House Of Representatives yesterday.
The bill is called The Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act. It was introduced by West Virginia U.S. representative Evan Jenkins. It is designed specifically to help babies who have neonatal abstinence syndrome, also known as NAS.
NAS is prevalent in babies exposed to drugs during pregnancy.
The legislation covers three broad goals: comprehensive data collection of NAS rates across the country, identifying the best way to treat infants going through drug withdrawal and identifying legislative barriers that need to be broken down so babies can be most effectively treated.
The bill is one of 17 drug-related bills being discussed in the House this week. If passed by both the House and Senate, the bills should take effect sometime in late summer.
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