The littlest victims of the opioid crisis

Just 160 miles apart, two care centers have set out to combat America's opioid crisis baby by baby.

Lily's Place and Brigid's Path lie in the Ohio River Valley -- at the epicenter of the opioid epidemic. These are the only two centers in America to focus exclusively on newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome while offering support for mothers battling addiction.

They're pioneering ways to keep families together as the opioid epidemic crushes communities, but the clinics' survival depends on whether their tiny patients can inspire enough love and funding to continue.

Faith buoys Brigid Path's staff to help opioid-exposed babies She's got faith to heal those sick in soul when opioid babies wail Faith buoys Brigid Path's staff to help opioid-exposed babies , Heartland Editor 4:24pm, December 19
At a NAS center for opioid babies, she wraps addicted moms in love One woman fights for opioid moms with all the love she's got At a NAS center for opioid babies, she wraps addicted moms in love , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
Mental health counselor holds onto hope through opioid crisis How hope spreads, even at the center of the opioid crisis Mental health counselor holds onto hope through opioid crisis , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
Family’s adoption journey shifts after fostering opioid-exposed babies A family's love shelters opioid-exposed babies -- with room for moms, too Family’s adoption journey shifts after fostering opioid-exposed babies , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
The NICU isn't ideal for drug-exposed babies, but NAS clinics are few For drug-exposed infants, intensive care is too intense The NICU isn't ideal for drug-exposed babies, but NAS clinics are few , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
Baby Steps | Heal the child, save the mother: Two centers of hope open for opioid-exposed babies Save the mother: Two centers of hope open for opioid-exposed babies Baby Steps | Heal the child, save the mother: Two centers of hope open for opioid-exposed babies , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
Faith buoys Brigid Path's staff to help opioid-exposed babies She's got faith to heal those sick in soul when opioid babies wail Faith buoys Brigid Path's staff to help opioid-exposed babies , Heartland Editor 4:24pm, December 19
At a NAS center for opioid babies, she wraps addicted moms in love One woman fights for opioid moms with all the love she's got At a NAS center for opioid babies, she wraps addicted moms in love , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
Baby Steps | Heal the child, save the mother: Two centers of hope open for opioid-exposed babies Save the mother: Two centers of hope open for opioid-exposed babies Baby Steps | Heal the child, save the mother: Two centers of hope open for opioid-exposed babies , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
Mental health counselor holds onto hope through opioid crisis How hope spreads, even at the center of the opioid crisis Mental health counselor holds onto hope through opioid crisis , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
Family’s adoption journey shifts after fostering opioid-exposed babies A family's love shelters opioid-exposed babies -- with room for moms, too Family’s adoption journey shifts after fostering opioid-exposed babies , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19
The NICU isn't ideal for drug-exposed babies, but NAS clinics are few For drug-exposed infants, intensive care is too intense The NICU isn't ideal for drug-exposed babies, but NAS clinics are few , Heartland Editor 4:23pm, December 19

About these stories

Rare Heartland Editor Gayle S. Putrich and Video Producer Allie Caren traveled to Ohio and West Virginia to visit the only two neonatal abstinence syndrome clinics in the United States. They listened to those whose lives have been affected by the nationwide opioid epidemic and learned how families and communities are coming together to aid the most helpless victims of the crisis.