Nelson, Rubio file bill to help newborns of opioid-addicted mothers
By Sergio Bustos, POLITICO
Apr 12, 2018
Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio introduced a bill today to improve medical care to newborn babies born to opioid-addicted mothers.
The legislation, if passed, would give states more funding to track, analyze and research babies born with the painful effects of a drug withdrawal syndrome known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.
Babies with NAS often experience such symptoms such as high-pitched cries, convulsions, fever and vomiting, and typically must remain hospitalized for lengthy periods to recover.
Said Nelson in a statement: "This bill will help us better understand this heart-breaking syndrome and what needs to be done to provide these innocent children with the best care possible."
In urging Congress to quickly pass the bill, Rubio, in a statement, said the opioid epidemic is "wreaking havoc, destroying families and taking lives across our state and nation."
Citing the latest data from the National Institutes of Health, the lawmakers said more than 4,200 babies in Florida in 2016 were born with an opioid dependency.
Read a copy of the bill here.