Dayton, OH— Today, Congressman Michael Turner toured the Women’s Recovery Center in Greene County, Ohio and saw first hand how Director Michele Cox and her team are acting to help both mothers and babies cope with heroin dependency.

“Today, I was honored to visit the Women’s Recovery Center in Greene County Ohio.

Director Michele Cox and her team have been able to offer life-changing assistance to mothers and babies throughout our community who are coping with heroin addition and its harmful effects.

I look forward to continuing to partner with the experts at the Women’s Recovery Center as we develop a community response to combat this growing problem,” said Congressman Turner.

The Dayton area has a growing and recognized issue with heroin use and overdose. However, until recently, little has been documented in the way of the heroin epidemic’s impact on infants being born to addicted mothers.

In December, Terry Burns, President at Soin Medical Center, brought this growing and largely unrecognized problem to the attention of Congressman Turner.

Since that time, Congressman Turner has taken a series of steps to confront this widespread and increasing problem.

In March, Congressman Turner brought together regional medical experts for an initial, exculpatory meeting in his District Office.

In May, Congressman Turner visited the NICU at Dayton Children’s to see the work their nurses were undertaking to combat and treat infant drug withdrawal.

This June, Congressman Turner partnered with the Greater Dayton Hospital Association to host a Community Forum on Heroin Exposed Newborns that brought together relevant partners throughout southwest Ohio to begin to develop a community response to this issue.