Ohio to require reporting of drug-addicted babies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries would have to report the number of babies born addicted to drugs under a bill headed to Ohio's governor.

The Senate unanimously passed the measure Wednesday. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is expected to sign it.
 
The measure is one of several aimed at reducing the state's prescription painkiller addiction epidemic. Supporters say tracking the number of drug-addicted babies will help the state monitor Ohio's progress fighting drug addiction.
 
Information would be reported to the state Health Department every three months. Children would not be identified, and the information could not be used for law enforcement purposes.
 
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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