Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Western Maryland Area Health Education Center to Receive More Than $160,000 in Funding to Combat the Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Newborns
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will receive $166,666 in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration to help combat the prevalence of opioid-related illnesses in newborns.The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to improve access and quality of care in Western Maryland. The organization services Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties in Maryland and portions of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“It is heartbreaking to know that the youngest victims of the addiction epidemic are newborns,” said Congressman David Trone, founder of the Freshman Working Group on Addiction. “This funding will get fast help to the mothers and babies who need it. I am grateful for the good people at AHEC who make Western Maryland a stronger, safer, and healthier place to live every day.”
The funding comes through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a project dedicated to reducing the prevalence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, an illness found in newborns that were exposed to opioids in the mother’s womb.
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