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Turner Pooling Resources to Help Heroin Addicted Babies and Moms
XENIA -- To help the tiniest victims of the heroin epidemic in the Miami Valley, Congressman Mike Turner is trying to pool resources to ensure Moms get the help they need before babies get into trouble.
"Oh I would be dead, there's no doubt," said Brenda Thomas who got clean after coming to the Women's Recovery Center in Xenia in 2000.
"They taught me that there was a reason for the destruction that I was bringing into my life. I didn't know that."
Now Thomas works here with Dee Dee Dawson who is also a recovering addict.
Their drug was crack cocaine, but now 34 out of the 36 women who fill the beds at the center are addicted to heroin.
"I'm just glad to be clean. It scares me with the opiate addiction out there how bad it is but I just know there's hope for a whole lot of people, they just have to want it," said Dawson.
Congressman Mike Turner got a first hand glimpse at these women getting help. Some of them are Moms with babies addicted to heroin. More than a hundred are born each year in our community.
"Struggling with the issue of being born addicted to heroin. There's an opportunity in our community to intervene to try to get treatment and assistance for the women who are pregnant who are using heroin or are addicted to heroin," said Congressman Turner.
He stopped by for ideas on how to pool resources - from the judicial system to hospitals to law enforcement to recovery centers - on how to get these women the help they need before they get themselves and their baby into a life threatening situation.
"Whenever your baby is born drug-free. You will eventually gain your life back, your self respect back and you'll be a better Mom and a better women," said Michele Cox, who runs the Women's Recovery Center.
Both Thomas and Dawson say they do their best to show these women there's a better way.
"I got my family back, I got love, I got people that support me in this process of the recovery," said Thomas.
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