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Forum addresses problem of babies born addicted to painkillers

4:56 PM, Aug 16, 2013   |    comments
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A new task force has a goal to keep the number of babies born with drug addictions from rising while offering support for their families.

Moms on Meds, or MOMS, hosted a community forum Friday addressing the painkiller epidemic.

The LeConte Medical Center created MOMS in response to the alarming number of pregnant women delivering their babies in Sevier County who are addicted to drugs.

The center is working alongside East Tennessee Children's Hospital, the Sevier County Health Department and other community agencies to study the problem and identify available resources for pregnant women suffering from addiction.

"We hope to bring together all the different collaborations here in the community with law enforcement, education, the health care field, parents, foster parents. Everyone together to address this issue to help us heal our community," said Dr. Jennifer Maddron.

MOMS says its goal is not to take away a mother's baby, but to help a mother or mother-to-be get help and overcome her addiction and keep her family together.

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