Child Abuse and Drugs - Research Article from Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

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How Children Are Abused

Child abuse takes different forms: prenatal exposure to drugs, postnatal exposure to drugs, physical abuse, and sexual abuse.

Prenatal Drug Exposure. The laws of several states define exposure of a fetus to alcohol and other drugs as child abuse. In some states the law requires that a child be removed from the mother when drug tests show that she has abused drugs during pregnancy. Laws also require medical or social services personnel to report such cases to state agencies. Unfortunately, because of this rule, pregnant, drug-abusing women may avoid getting prenatal care for fear that they will be punished or lose their children. For this reason, a number of states have placed a priority on making drug treatment more readily available to pregnant women.

The abuse of alcohol or drugs by a pregnant woman can result in abnormalities in the fetus. In...

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