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Long tours the neonatal intensive care unit and discusses the opioid crisis with the staff at Cox Medical Center South

Springfield, MO, June 6, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Today, Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) met with health care professionals at Cox Medical Center South for a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis. During the visit, the Congressman also toured the neonatal intensive care unit to see firsthand how CoxHealth is treating babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a condition caused by mothers addicted to opioids while pregnant.

“It is truly devastating to see the impact opioid addiction is having in our community. Touring the neonatal intensive care unit and seeing babies affected by opioid addiction is heart-wrenching,” said Rep. Long. “Today’s visit and roundtable discussion was an opportunity to see how our efforts in Washington are helping in the fight against opioids and to learn what we can do to assist more in the future. CoxHealth is making important strides to combat this epidemic, but we know our work is far from over.”

In October, President Trump signed into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act establishing grant programs to combat the opioid epidemic. CoxHealth was awarded a $790,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand rural telemedicine services such as mental health treatment, substance abuse counseling and chronic disease management.