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Cocaine Addiction During Pregnancy

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  • ‘The cocaine mom act’ in Wisconsin allows pregnant women engaging in substance abuse to be arrested or detained in order to protect the fetus
  • In one controversial case, a woman was arrested for refusing to take an anti-addiction drug even though she told her health care provider that she was over the addiction (to painkillers) – and urine tests supported her claims
  • A suit has now been filed on the woman’s behalf, claiming that her arrest and detainment in a treatment facility were in violation of constitutional rights and accepted medical standards
  • Painkiller addiction and related deaths have reached epidemic levels among US women, and the ‘solution’ to treat the problem with more drugs (anti-addiction drugs) is doing nothing to curb the problem

By Dr. Mercola

Several states, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oklahoma and South Dakota, have laws that allow pregnant women to be confined if authorities determine they are engaging in substance abuse.


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