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Sunday, January 01, 2006

State gets average of 1 baby per week

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR
January 1, 2006

An average of one newborn a week has been placed in state custody because of a new state law that requires medical staff members to report mothers suspected of using illegal drugs.

Before the law’s passage, the state’s child-abuse hot line did not accept reports of newborns affected by illegal drugs as abuse or neglect, leaving physicians frustrated by the prospect of sending a newborn home with a drug-abusing mother, said Sen. Tim Wooldridge, DParagould, who sponsored the legislation, Act 1176 of 2005.


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