(WSYR-TV) — Jennifer Paczkowski and her husband were exicted to adopt a baby boy named Karter. They knew it wouldn’t be easy, because Karter’s mom was a heroin addict, but that didn’t matter to them.
Karter never made it out of the hospital.
He was born addicted to the heroin his birth mother used, and died at just five days old.
Paczkowski couldn’t save Karter, so she’s making it her mission to save other babies.
“I don’t think we can keep allowing these things to happen,” she said.
In 2014 Onondaga County had the third-highest rate in the state for newborn drug-related diagnoses.
Through the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, infants with drug exposure and their families are supposed to be offered support. But Paczkowski feels it should start by educating kids about harmful drugs, and giving pregnant women help.
If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs and pregnant, call the Hopeline at (315) 218-1965.
To learn about ways to get help and find treatment resources visit the Onondaga County website.
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