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Improved Care Could Be on the Way for Babies Born Addicted to Drugs

The bill would fund a new data surveillance system. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons
The bill would fund a new data surveillance system. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio’s introduced the Protecting Newborns from Opioid Abuse Act on Thursday. It would set up a new system of collecting information around mothers and babies affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and sharing it with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

There's been a five-fold increase in these births from 2000 to 2012, with more than 22,000 babies being born with symptoms of withdrawal.

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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar, writing fiction, and cooking.