Treatment of opioid use disorders lags in states with punitive laws.
“Child abuse laws that punish pregnant women who use illicit drugs are associated with a lower likelihood of the mother getting standard of care treatment, according to a study presented here.
Researchers looked at more than 8,000 episodes in 2012 in which a pregnant women with an opioid use disorder sought treatment; in states with prenatal child abuse laws, medication assisted treatment — the standard of care — was used in 33.15% of admissions, compared to 51.33% of admissions in states that have no such laws (P<0.001).
Eighteen states in the U.S. have prenatal child abuse laws, said authors Cara Angelotta, MD, at Columbia University, and Carol Weiss, MD, at Cornell University. They presented their research on Friday during a poster session here at the annual meeting of American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
“There’s a correlation between states that have laws saying that pregnant addicts are committing child abuse and can lose their child, and states that refer these pregnant addicts less frequently to treatment,” said Weiss in an interview with MedPage Today. “So they both punish them and don’t have the appropriate treatment and don’t refer them to the appropriate treatment.”
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Source: MedPageToday.com – December 4, 2015