Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
State Starting Program For Drug-Addicted Babies
Ohio is starting a new program to help babies who are born addicted to drugs.
It’s the latest effort by officials to address prescription drug abuse and opiate addiction in the state. Overdose drug deaths have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.
About 200 mothers and babies are expected to get treatment and intervention through the $4.2 million program.
Caring for the drug-addicted newborns and mothers, who are often on Medicaid, can be costly to the system. Babies can often experience drug withdrawal, respiratory complications, feeding difficulties and sometimes seizures.
Gov. John Kasich’s administration says the three-year project is estimated to reduce infant hospital stays by 30 percent.
The state will pick two or three providers for the project, which starts next year.