Preliminary findings of an Indiana State Department of Health study highlight a link between the state’s high infant mortality rate and the drug epidemic.
Legislators have proposed bills that would help fund and establish places to help pregnant mothers addicted to opioids and their children born dependent.
Hospitals currently are not required to report cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome.
A state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would require doctors report babies born with complications due to addictive drugs received while in utero.
Treating babies who were exposed to addictive drugs in the womb cost Indiana hospitals $30 million in 2011.