With opiod drug use on the rise, there’s been a shockingly increased number of babies who become addicted to drugs before they even enter this world. But a new hospital program is hoping to change how they recover from this terrible epidemic and volunteers are encouraged to get them the help they need.
Babies Born Addicted To Drugs Need Your Help
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is a condition that affects babies who are going through drug withdrawal as a result of being born to a drug-addicted mother. The lengthy process of eliminating drugs in a tiny newborn’s system can be very stressful and anxiety-producing so Pennsylvania nurse Jane Cavanuagh created a special program to help soothe these little souls.
Cuddling Helps Speed Up Healing Time
Babies going through withdrawal need human touch to help comfort them and volunteers are needed to cuddle, snuggle and hold these drug-addicted babies while they transition out of addiction.
Hospitals Need Volunteers To Help Out Around The Clock
Researchers say that cuddling helps shorten their recovery time and they require less medication in the long run.
If you’d like to get involved, contact your local hospital to see if they have a program that’s right for you!