To the Editor:
I just wanted to tell you I read your column (Jesse Lindsey: Support needed for bill to hold addicted mothers accountable, Tuesday, March 11) regarding drug-exposed babies, and I wanted to share the following with you.
I live in Huntington, W. Va., where one in every 13 babies is born drug exposed. Yes. You read that right, 1-in-13. The problem has gotten so bad and our hospital so crowded that our community has created the first drug rehab center for newborn babies.
Ninety-five percent of our state’s babies go home with their family of origin, so we are working with the parents to get them in a program, educate them on good decisions and how to care for their high-needs infant and, at the same time, wean the babies off the drugs in a homelike environment.
I don’t tell you guys this to toot our horn, but to let your community know that positive outcomes are possible. We invite your community to check out our web site at lilysplace.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/addictedbabies.
We would be very happy to talk to community leaders about how we started Lily’s Place and how you can make a difference in the lives of these precious babies.
I hope you will pass along the links and information to your sources to help spread the word.
Mary Calhoun Brown
Huntington, W. Va.