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Am J Public Health. 1998 Jan;88(1):117-9.

National survey of the states: policies and practices regarding drug-using pregnant women.

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School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA.

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  • Am J Public Health 1998 Mar;88(3):438.
  • Am J Public Health 1998 May;88(5):820.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study assessed the impact of national policy shifts on state policies and practices regarding substance-using mothers.

METHODS:

A 1995 telephone survey of substance abuse and child protective services directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia was compared with a similar 1992 survey.

RESULTS:

There have been significant increases in state interventions for drug-using pregnant women (e.g., criminal prosecution, toxicology testing of women and neonates). Federal resources for treatment and oversight are being replaced by state control of reduced funds for treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

The earlier policy of expanding treatment for addicted women is being replaced by reduction of services and increased state intervention.

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PMID:
9584016
PMCID:
PMC1508376
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.1.117
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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