Center To Help Drug-Exposed Infants Opens This Fall

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Updated Tue, Aug 13, 2013 9:05 am

More than 250 "cuddlers" have volunteered to comfort newborns going through withdrawal when a unique, independent treatment center opens this fall in southern West Virginia.

Lily's Place in Huntington plans to wean infants off drugs outside a hospital setting while also helping their addicted moms.

Donations arrive every day. But good intentions don't always pay the bills.

The founder of a slightly different newborn treatment program in Washington state worries whether Lily's Place will find a stable source of funding to survive long term.

Lily's Place co-founders Mary Brown and Sara Murray believe it will work. They say it has to: The need is too great.

At Cabell-Huntington Hospital, one in 13 babies is born drug-exposed.

Some days, 70 percent of the neonatal intensive care unit beds are filled.

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