Marilyn Lewis

Marilyn W. Lewis

Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University

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Associate Professor  - Norfolk State University


Ph.D.  - Ohio State University


Postdoctoral Fellow  - University of Connecticut

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- Marilyn Lewis, The Ohio State University

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Marilyn Lewis, assistant professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University, objects to the idea of women being prosecuted for a drug addiction.
Instead, she'd like to see an on-demand treatment program, where beds are immediately available for people who need help. She views drug addiction as an illness, one that is characterized by relapse and brought on by one's environment. Also, treatment centers hesitate to admit pregnant women because of limited resources, Lewis said. The Step Program at OSU, however, specializes in using methadone to treat opiate-addicted pregnant women. Women who use drugs often are poor, malnourished, lacking support systems and, in some cases, homeless. If women who use drugs get three prenatal care appointments, the child will have a much better chance of being born without complications, Lewis said. Lewis said if it is at all possible, the child should stay with the mother or with relatives. In foster care the child often gets bounced around, losing his or her ability to bond with others. A mother who loses her child could return to her drug habit and even get pregnant again, Lewis said. If the mother keeps the child, she may be shocked into getting help. The issue of drug-inflicted babies hardly gets talked about anymore, she said. "The media ran with it, a lot of the stories were sensationalized, and people believed children born with drug exposure were hopeless," Lewis said.

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