BEVERLY — The opioid crisis not only affects addicts, it also can harm their children.
For expecting women who are suffering from addiction, Beverly Hospital is working on a new program to get them help.
The program recently received a $1 million grant from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.
The program was born out of an idea from Nicole Sczekan, a midwife at the hospital. Her daughter struggled with addiction and then became pregnant.
"I was seeing that this was the opportune time to intervene because she was going to her medical appointments and she wanted to do the right thing," Sczekan said in a news release. "I was so frustrated for her that treatment for addiction wasn't incorporated into prenatal care."