YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) -Hospitals in the Mahoning Valley are on the front lines of America’s medical advancement, finding new ways to treat the youngest victims of the heroin epidemic.
Local health officials say that ten percent of all babies in the Mahoning Valley are born to drug-addicted mothers. That’s 600 babies every year at risk.
Heroin is a battle for people at all stages of life. Often, addicts start using drugs with their families at a young age.
And there is no ‘average’ heroin addict in the Mahoning Valley. Men, women, babies, college graduates–absolutely anyone could be fighting this deadly disease and you’d never know it.
“I was working at a hospital. And I had a job, and I had a car, and I had a place to live. I had all these things. From the outside, I was a productive member of society,” said one local woman, who told WKBN her story of fighting heroin addiction on the condition that she remain anonymous.
For her story and an overview of what doctors are doing to treat unborn babies affected by heroin, watch WKBN 27 First News at 5 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.