For Immediate Release: January 13, 2014
New Number for Florida’s Born Drug-Free Helpline
TALLAHASSEE – The Born Drug-Free Florida helpline number is merging with the Statewide Mental Health Access Line. The new number for expectant mothers whose babies are at risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is 1-800-945-1355. The change is effective immediately.
“Born Drug-Free Florida” is an initiative by Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Health to raise awareness about babies born exposed to prescription drugs. The campaign includes the helpline and a website at www.BornDrugFreeFL.com with resources including videos and collateral materials for reprinting.
Since the “Born Drug-Free Florida” statewide educational campaign was launched to educate expectant mothers on the importance of discussing prescription drug use with their doctors, approximately 1,000 women have reached out to the hotline and approximately 200 expectant mothers have begun treatment.
Newborns exposed to prescription drugs while in the womb may suffer from NAS, a painful withdrawal from the drugs after birth. Approximately 7 out of every 1,000 Florida newborns born in 2011 were diagnosed with NAS. Babies born with NAS suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, seizures, abdominal pain, incessant crying and rapid breathing.
For more information about the “Born Drug-Free Florida” campaign, visit www.BornDrugFreeFL.com.
Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, 850-717-4450