Northwestern Medical Center is set to rename its Baby Cold Medication (BCM) program after a woman who overdosed on it.
The facility announced Wednesday that its Baby BCP will become “Baby Care Medicine” in an effort to address the opioid crisis that has devastated communities across the nation.
In a statement, the hospital said it is proud of its relationship with the Women’s Health Initiative, which has provided the medical center with resources to assist with the response to the opioid epidemic.
“The Women’s health initiative is committed to providing resources and support to communities that are facing an opioid crisis,” the statement said.
“We will also be partnering with local leaders and other community stakeholders to identify ways to increase access to and access to care.”
The announcement came just hours after the women’s health institute released a call for information on the program.
The call, which was also shared on Twitter, asks people to help the center identify “new opportunities” to access services for opioid addiction, including referrals to treatment, detox, and other resources.
The initiative also asks that anyone who feels they may be at risk for substance abuse or other harm to report it to the center.
The Women’s Institute has previously offered support and training to help women get treatment.
The program will provide an additional 2,000 BCM, which will be available to women aged 18 and older.
Northwestern is among dozens of health centers nationwide that have been struggling to deal with the opioid drug epidemic.
Last week, a report by the National Institutes of Health found that the nation’s health care system has the highest overdose death rate among all health systems in the country.
More than 50 percent of Americans are now living in counties with the highest opioid overdose rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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