Opioids and Babies: A Bipartisan Call to Action

Recent headlines describe opioid abuse in America as a “crisis” and an “epidemic.” Since 2000, there has been a 5-fold increase in babies born suffering from opioid withdrawal, and many young children are living in families where one or both parents suffer from an untreated substance use disorder.

On June 7, 2018, the Congressional Baby Caucus held a briefing exploring the impact of the opioid epidemic on babies, the role of the child welfare system, the importance of maintaining the parental bond throughout treatment, and successful strategies to assist the parents as they navigate recovery and build their abilities to be effective caregivers. Use the clips below to support your work with babies, families, community partners and your elected officials around babies and untreated substance use disorder.