News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Greater Akron Chamber

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics

Ohio extends the battle against drug addiction to babies
Ohio Rep. Lynn Wachtmann proposes a bill to do more for infants of drug-addicted mothers

Andy Chow
Republican Rep.Lynn Wachtmann's bill would require maternal facilities to report all babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Courtesy of Ohio House of Representatives
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

State officials want to do more for infants born with health problems from drug-addicted mothers. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow spoke with one representative, who says collecting the data must be the first plan of action.

LISTEN: Lynn Wachtmann on requiring hospitals to report signs of drug abuse.

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:10)

In the battle against addiction, statistics can be vital in better understanding what you’re dealing with. That’s according to Republican Rep.e Lynn Wachtmann. His new bill requires facilities to report all babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition with many symptoms in infants exposed to addictive drugs while in the womb. 

Reporting these cases, Wachtmann says, will give the state a better idea of the severity of the problem. Watchmann acknowledges it’s out of character for him to advocate for more regulation, but he says it’s important to make this exception.

“We believe the little bit of effort it will take on behalf of hospitals to report this — (is far outweighed by) the potential good that we can do by measuring ... how many of these babies we do have, how well we’re doing fighting addictions and things related to mothers, pregnant mothers and their babies.”

Wachtmann believes this bill will see a large amount of support from both sides of the aisle, adding that the data could help the state with other issues such as improving the infant mortality rate.

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Lawmakers call for indefinite freeze on Green Energy standards
It's a shame the Hudson Rep. Chooses to mimic the words of the extreme right senator on his way out to join ALEC when we know the Pope was just here because of...

Youngstown Schools file suit against the Ohio Department of Education to stop the implementation of an academic distress commission
Voters should ask WHY this plan was rushed into law under the cover of darkness. What clues point to the beneficiaries of this plan? Both Patrick O'Donnell of...

Great Lakes conference considers a range of threats
Your article states "Studies discovered over half of all PAHs found in the Great Lakes region come from a single source: Coal tar sealants.". I'm curious to whi...

ODOT awards Kent-based Davey Research Group nearly $50,000 to improve highway landscapes
This is an outrageous waste of taxpayer's money. Good for only Davey Tree and their cronies in the State government. It takes $50k to figure out the way to save...

Canton: another Northeast Ohio city is planning its comeback
Historic Ridgewood and the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority have no seats at the table. Very flawed right out of the gate. Ridgewood pays a huge percentage...

Property owners oppose a wind farm in Northern Ohio
Here is a link, exposing the connivance of the fossil fuel industry, in trying to prevent us from moving away from their outdated, filthy, and expensive forms o...

A new industry in Ohio aims to repurpose river sediment
and where do those PCB's end up??the story never says

A safe space: How Northeast Ohio colleges try to fight sexual assault
Very good and thorough job on a very sensitive topic!

Akron police shoot and kill a man following a North Hill robbery
Was on scene when they was trying to bring him back to life he looked dead there before he ever got into ambulance

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University