Babies born with a drug dependency are in great need of help, according to health officials. A new study is calling for federal action to address the problem that not only affects the entire country, but especially the Mountain State.

Lawmakers announced the release of a study this week by the Government Accountability Office that outlines what needs to be done to address the issue of babies born addicted to opioids.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced the national study that looks at neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The report, “Federal Action Needed to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,” recommends several practices to address the issue and treat newborns.

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