Tennessee bill could send addicted moms to jail

NPR posted the story “Tennessee bill could send addicted moms to jail“.

Pregnant women addicted to illegal narcotics or prescription pain pills could soon be jailed in Tennessee under a bill awaiting the governor’s signature. The strict proposal enjoys bipartisan support — despite objections from doctors.

The medical term for what happens when a newborn has withdrawal symptoms a day or two after birth is “neonatal abstinence syndrome.” At its worst, these babies suffer from seizures; it’s not clear whether there might also be lasting effects.

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