Statewide Task Force Preventing Newborn Drug Abuse

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"I think we can save lives and help keep mother's with their babies," said Pam Bondi, a Florida Attorney General.

"I see it destroy all walks of life, it knows no sterotypes or barriers," said Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos, the Attorney General Appointment. "Unless we get to the heart of the problem it will never get better."

Haridopolos is part of the statewide task force to prevent newborn drug abuse. The team released its final report, listing ways to bring awarness to the growing problem.

According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, in 20-11, more than two-thousand newborns had drug related problems like drug withdrawl syndrome and narcotic exposure. Now, the state is cracking down.

"To be sure all these ideas and thoughts on helping these mothers and these babies be implemented," said Bondi.

"Prevention programs that could educate the community on the risk of presciption drug abuse," said Haridopolos."Intervene when someone is diagnosed with an addiction and what can be done during pregnacy."

The Department of Children and Families and different health care services Florida-wide are joining forces to help make it happen.

"Case manager, so they can successfully engage in treatment," said a DCF representative.

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