UPMC Hamot devotes new center to treating pregnant women with opioid addiction

Erie, Pa.-based UPMC Hamot will open a new Pregnancy Recovery Center on Jan. 2, offering expectant mothers addicted to opioids medical treatment and counseling, according to a report from GoErie.com

Here are three things to know about the new program.

1. The new pregnancy center will replace UPMC Hamot's third floor orthopedic office, beginning Jan. 2.

2. The center is based on a program started at Pittsburgh-based Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC in 2014.

3. The center will offer pregnant women with opioid addiction access to medication-assisted treatments to wean them off the drugs and reduce the instance of infants born withdrawing from opioids. The center will also offer women counseling and access to case managers, who will assist them with multiple pregnancy-related issues.

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