August 10, 2017

Manchin Statement on Cardinal Health Accusations Toward Lily's Place

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement today regarding the recent accusation by Cardinal Health toward Lily’s Place’s in their role in contributing to opioid epidemic.

“I’m shocked and appalled that Cardinal Health would have the gall to blame Lily’s Place for fueling the current opioid epidemic,” Senator Manchin said. “Lily’s Place works tirelessly to save infants stricken by the opioid crisis. Cardinal Health’s claim is an attempt by a large corporation to deflect their responsibility onto the very people who work selflessly to stop the problem they helped cause. These accusations not only show Cardinal Health’s callousness, but also their unwillingness to assist in stopping the epidemic that continues to plague West Virginia.”

Lily’s Place provides treatment for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a syndrome that forms after birth in infants suffering from opioid withdrawals. West Virginia has the highest rate of NAS in the country, and Lily’s Place handles overflow from hospitals in the Huntington area.  The non-profit is also the first clinic to provide counseling and treatment to parents.