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Should expecting mothers face criminal charges for illegal drug use during pregnancy?

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  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    When mothers test positive for illegal drug use during pregnancy, should they face criminal charges? If so explain the bases of the charges, risk to unborn child's health, crime against public health, moral, ect.
    Here is a short news article from my state; http://www.theleafchronicle.com/viewart/20130401/NEWS01/304010007/Drug-using-mo...e
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    Independent
    Central, FL
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    They should certainly be punished but jail ? That costs us a lot of money. I don't have the answers but I agree that's a bad offense. I think mandatory drug testing should follow an arrest / positive test results. Maybe we should be spending the hundreds of billions spent on defense on improving human lives in our country. Including a better system of drug rehab. Obviously we need effective defense but about 1/3 of what we spend. Didn't mean to change the subject. Was just wondering how we pay for it.
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    Why limit it to illegal drugs? Is this about babies health or a war of some kind?
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    GemsWoven Wrote: Why limit it to illegal drugs? Is this about babies health or a war of some kind?
    GemsWoven, That's directly the point I was going to make. Most that advocate criminal sanctions balk when alcohol and tobacco added to the drugs tested for. When it is known what the adverse effects these two can have on an unborn child. With the scientific information known to us at this time, alcohol and tobacco may do more harm than any of the illegal drugs, to an unborn child.
    Criminal sanctions are not the proper measures, especially when it's not based upon facts. Look at the mythical "Crack Babies" of the late 80's early 90's and our rush to judgement. Stereotypes like this do more harm to the family than the use of such drugs. There are many more functional drug users than dis-functional, many only fall to the later because of legal issues. What's to gain by incarceration or the removal of their childern? Those measures do much more harm to the family unit, than the drug use. Harm reduction should be the goal and that starts with fact based education and information.
    This is just one of the many drug laws that, flies in the face of the facts. These laws that are rushed to pass so that the politicians look good in the media and at election time. Look at the increased sentences that were given for crack for many years, It sounded good in the media but in reality made no sense at all. If asked which is more harmful to the unborn child, a mother that uses meth or a mother that smokes cigarettes, the politicians in my state would with out a doubt say meth. This is not true with the facts known at this time. More studies need to be done on meth usage by expecting mothers to know the full ramifications. As far as alcohol usage, fetal alcohol syndrome has been known for a longtime.
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    Yep. So one has to wonder the motivation behind the polititians thinking on this subject.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    When ever I've made a post similar in subject on local News Stations page, I receive more ridicule and slander than informative debate or thought. I was curious what response I woulds receive here. Not a lot of response, but that's better than slander and ridicule. I feel that this may be due to higher intelligence or thought level among members that frequent this site.
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    Did the idiot responses on the news site give any insight into why they wrote what they did?
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    They base it upon "their" common knowledge (media controlled knowledge). When I've asked them to cite and source their information, they either don't know how to or state that I must be drug user to think like I do. When I cite and source my information they are unwilling to read or accept the information as true, because the newspaper or TV tells other wise.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    Drug use during pregnancy might seem to be the biggest threat to women’s and infants’ health. National surveys, however, have found that no more than 1 to 5% of pregnant women use any illegal drug, the vast majority of whom use marijuana. Different communities show different quantities, but the national figures are consistent. Such factors as obesity, cigarette smoking, alcohol use, use of prescription drugs, violence against women, and inadequate prenatal care, among others, all affect far more women. So why does drug use get so much more attention?
    The evidence shows that, for example, cigarette smoking is a greater risk of spontaneous abortion and a greater risk to the pregnant woman than use of cocaine. According to the Institute of Medicine, the risk factors for low birth weight (one of the greatest predictors of infant mortality) are numerous and include such things as membership in certain demographic groups and various pre-existing medical conditions before pregnancy. Onlyone of more than two dozen such factors is drug and alcohol use.