Data is starting to drift in about how babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are doing, and the early numbers are promising. These babies – born to mothers who used opioids while pregnant – developed drug withdrawal symptoms in the days or months after birth. Thankfully, in spite of that very rough and heartbreaking start, studies show that the children are generally meeting normal developmental milestones.

But their best bet at a bright future really starts with their mom’s ability to find sustained recovery, and that’s the goal at Horizons, a residential substance use disorder treatment program where mothers undergoing treatment can bring their children. The kids attend school or day care while mothers take classes, go to therapy sessions, and learn how to be nurturing parents. Most of these moms experienced trauma, abuse or neglect in their own childhoods, so they can learn a lot from this powerful program, which is affiliated with the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Find out how healthy foundations for the future are built here.

If the consequences weren’t so tragic, this story could almost be comical.... Who knew there was such a  raging demand for synthetic pee?  And now legislators are seeking to ban it entirely. Certainly, people have tried to fake out drug tests for years by swapping in a buddy’s urine or masking their drug use with an uber dose of various vitamins. Now, amidst a raging opioid epidemic, people are using synthetic urine so they can pass their drug tests. Learn about the dangerous consequences of imposter pee and what legislators are doing about it.

Here’s the skinny from a recent national survey: More Americans see opioid addiction as a significant issue for their community today than in 2016; and 13 percent have lost a relative or close friend to opioid overdose. Still, 44 percent say opioid addiction indicates a lack of willpower or discipline and 32 percent say it is caused by a character defect or bad parenting. What other beliefs are revealed by the survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research?

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