Children exposed to drugs and substances

Tragically, many children are being exposed to dangerous drugs and substances right from their conception, during development in the uterus or since their birth.

The law requires health care providers to report immediately to the appropriate county agency when they deliver or provide care to an infant under one year of age who is affected by:

  • the mother’s illegal substance abuse
  • withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure unless the child’s mother, during the pregnancy was:
  • Under the care of a prescribing medical professional; and
  • In compliance with the directions for the administration of a prescription drug as directed by the prescribing medical professional   or
  • fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

You should immediately report this to ChildLine to protect the child. This includes all health care providers. 

  • Physician
  • Podiatrist
  • Optometrist
  • Psychologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Certified nurse practitioner
  • Registered nurse
  • Nurse midwife
  • Physician assistants
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Individual accredited or certified to provide behavioral health services


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