What You Need to Know About Prenatal Substance Use Laws

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Prenatal substance use laws are aimed at reducing the use of illicit substances during pregnancy. Supportive laws increase access to substance use treatment during pregnancy, either through additional funding or priority access for pregnant people. Punitive laws criminalize prenatal substance use or define it as child maltreatment.  Supportive laws are associated with better outcomes for pregnant people and infants, while punitive laws are associated with worse outcomes.

Learn more in this one pager from the research team. 

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