COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four programs in Ohio are receiving grant money to help pregnant women who are addicted to heroin or other opiates as the state looks to combat drug abuse.
The state recently awarded some funds to treatment and counseling programs in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh), Athens, Franklin and Hamilton counties. Ohio officials say the $4.2 million, three-year pilot project is expected to help close to 300 women who are addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin.
The effort is among a variety of initiatives the state has launched targeting opiate abuse.
In 2007, fatal drug overdoses surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. Many of those drug deaths are from painkillers and heroin.
Ohio also has seen an increase in the number of drug-addicted newborns.