Faced with one of the great public health crises of our times, our nation is working to confront the opioid epidemic head on — to find solutions that save lives and reduce the burden on individuals and communities. Far from immune to the crisis, children are one of the most vulnerable populations, and we must carefully focus on them as we work towards these solutions.
In response to this crisis, children’s hospitals across the country are stepping up to combat this epidemic by creating new programs and best practices designed for their patients and communities. Here are just a few examples of how children’s hospitals are supporting kids and working to be part of the national solution.
Steve Allen, M.D., CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital describes how his hospital helps patients avoid opioid misuse.
Sarah Friebert, M.D., of Akron Children’s Hospital describes how her hospital has fundamentally evolved to address the opioid epidemic.
Matthew Grossman, M.D., of Yale New Haven Children's Hospital describes the initiative he leads to help babies dealing with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).