Senators weigh reporting of drug-addicted babies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate plans to vote on a bill that would require hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries to report the number of babies born addicted to drugs.

It is one of several bills aimed at reducing the state's prescription painkiller addiction epidemic.

The information would be reported to the state Health Department every three months. The child would not be identified, and the information could not be used for law enforcement purposes.

Supporters say tracking the number of drug-addicted babies will help the state monitor Ohio's progress fighting drug addiction.

Overdose drug deaths have been the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio since 2007, surpassing car crashes. Many of those deaths are from painkillers and heroin.

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