Prenatal Substance Use Policies And Infant Maltreatment Reports

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Policies criminalizing maternal substance use or classifying it as child maltreatment are associated with an 18.9% increase in infant maltreatment reports, which may lead to a fear of experiencing child protective services involvement and reduced chances of reunification if a separation does occur.

Published in Health Affairs.

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