LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A University of Kentucky program aimed at helping new mothers who face drug addiction is expanding.
In 2016 more than 1,200 babies were born to drug addicted mothers right here in Kentucky. These children are some of the unintended victims of the drug epidemic.
Since 2014, UK’s PATHways and Beyond Birth program have helped more than 150 mothers struggling with substance abuse. Today the university started work on an 11,000 square foot facility to help more women access comprehensive care. The building is set to be located on the Eastern State Hospital campus.
"This space is really for the women and their children and their families. We want them to have healthy safe and happy lives,” said Associate Dean of UK’s College Nursing Kristin Ashford.
Bethany Wilson is one of the women who previously completed the program at UK. She says her struggles with addiction landed her in jail multiple times, but she is now in recovery and is serving as a peer support specialist.
"It's humbling to see other people. It's a constant reminder to see where you've been and how far you've come. It's been a big part of my own recovery,” said Wilson.