Legal Use of Methadone During Pregnancy May Be Child Abuse

, New Jersey Law Journal

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The mother of a child born addicted to methadone can be found to have committed abuse and neglect even though she used the drug legally during pregnancy, a New Jersey appeals court rules.

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  • Tom

    This crack-head made the choice to "manage her own healthcare". She did so at the expense of the fetus.

  • steve castleman

    Would it be child abuse if a fetus had side-effects from cancer treatment?

    This is an ignorant decision. Ignorant of the science of addiction and recovery. It will prevent pregnant women from seeking treatment for fear of prosecution. Rather than punish pregnant drug addicts, we need to do everything possible to make it easy for them to get treatment so they can raise their children sober.

    Addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease. It's treatable. Perhaps not as successfully as one might like, but on a par with other chronic diseases that require substantial behavioral change, like diabetes and hypertension.

    Unfortunately, many people still don't believe addiction is a disease. That's why science-based education is so important.

    For a not-for-profit website that discusses the science of substance use and abuse in accessible English (how alcohol and drugs work in the brain; how addiction develops; why addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease; what parts of the brain malfunction as a result of substance abuse; how that malfunction skews decision-making and motivation, resulting in addict behaviors; why some get addicted while others don't; how treatment works; how well treatment works; why relapse is common; what family and friends can do; etc.) please click on www.AddictScience.com.

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