Group Awarded Federal Funds to Treat Opioid-Related Illnesses in Western Maryland Newborns

The federal government has granted $166,000 to AHEC West for the Healthy Moms and Babies project which aims to reduce the prevalence and impacts of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Allegany and Garrett Counties.

The funding awarded to the Healthy Moms ad Babies project comes from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is an illness that newborns can experience after exposure to opioids in utero.

The Cumberland Times-News reports:

The funds will go toward supporting AHEC West’s Healthy Moms and Babies project, which, per the grant application, “seeks to reduce the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Allegany and Garrett counties,” both of which are “suffering the devastating impacts of the opioid epidemic, whose victims include the youngest, most precious, and most vulnerable among us.”

The project will reportedly offer sessions through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, provide training focused on NAS for local social workers and health care providers and, in Garrett County, offer home visits and help strengthen access to necessary support services for mothers and babies who are at risk.

For more information:

Federal funds to support treatment of opioid-related illness in newborns (Cumberland Times-News)

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