Government Urged to Strengthen Safeguards for Drug-Affected Babies

A commission appointed by President Obama and Congress urged the federal government to increase protections for drug-affected babies, Reuters reports.

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities released a report that recommends six urgent actions, including the need for stronger care for newborns suffering drug withdrawal.

The report also recommends reviewing child abuse deaths in all states, assuring responses within 24 hours to any reports involving a child under age 1, and greater accountability from hospitals and health care workers.

Last week, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said the department is taking a more proactive approach to enforcing a federal law that requires states to report and protect drug-dependent babies.

Full story of strengthening safegaurds for drug-affected babies at