Keeping families together: Medication-assisted treatment shows promise for mothers, children of opioid crisis

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LIMA — Eighteen weeks pregnant with her third child, Amber Hardeman is optimistic she will soon regain custody of her two daughters and take her baby-to-be home when she gives birth later this year.

She wasn’t always this optimistic.

Hardeman, 31, lost custody of her children in May after relapsing on heroin, ending six years of sobriety for the expectant mother, who was first introduced to heroin by friends in her early 20s.

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