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Delaware Adopts Aiden's Law

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LEWES, Del.- The opioid crisis is an ongoing problem that continues to plague Americans, including many here on Delmarva.

But on Thursday, Delaware officials took a stand to protect some of the opioid crisis's most vulnerable victims--infants born into or exposed to drugs.

At Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Gov. John Carney signed what's called "Aiden's Law," which aims to prevent infant deaths by providing mothers and infants the proper care needed after dealing with drugs.

The law is named after Aiden Hundley, an infant born to a drug addicted mother at Beebe Healthcare, who later died from neglect and abuse from his parents. 

The new law aims to make sure no other child suffers the same fate as Aiden.

Bridget Buckaloo, executive director of women's health services at Beebe Healthcare, said her staff cared for Aiden at the hospital extensively.

"It's really difficult to try to take this person who's so fragile and then have a fragile baby on top of that, and send them into an environment that's really not ideal," she said.

"So that's what the plan of safe care is designed to do, it's to try and build that support for the mother and her family."

Last year, the Division of Family Services in Delaware said the state documented 470 babies born with prenatal substance exposure. 

Division of Family Services Director Trenee Parker hopes the law will help save the lives of victims too young to speak up for themselves. 

"If the baby has some special medical needs, we can provide home visiting services," she said. "We have contacts with agencies that do that, we can make sure that a pediatrician is selected for the family. So really this is just a comprehensive way to help families be healthy."

One law that could make all the difference. 

 

 

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