Hedrick said the hospital has started a program to help mothers get off drugs before they deliver. The program offers counseling with behavioral doctors and drug screenings.
Steps also are being taken to combat overcrowding.
Maxwell said CAMC isn't overwhelmed with addicted babies, mostly because of efforts to educate people on how to care for them on their own.
"We can usually transfer the kids out to the newborn nursery or a step-down area, so there is no overcrowding," Maxwell said.
"But this goes back for a few years. We've now educated people to take care of them, and we're not being stuffed up at the hospital. At this point in time, the unit is not overflowing."
Hedrick said she anticipates the problem will get worse as time goes on and the Charleston area could benefit from a center similar to Lily's Place in Huntington.
For more information on Lily's Place, visit www.lilysplace.org/.
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