Senate plan targets drug abuse among women

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate has given unanimous approval to a measure aimed at curbing drug abuse among pregnant women.

Republican Sen. Vaneta Becker of Evansville wrote the measure which would require hospitals to report cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome. The syndrome is linked to drug use during pregnancy and often results in drug dependency, seizures and other maladies among babies.

Hospitals would have to report cases to the State Department of Health. A state task force studying prescription drug abuse found that the rate of newborn babies diagnosed with the syndrome tripled in the last decade.

The measure will now be considered by the House.

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