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Indiana attorney general calls for drug testing of pregnant women

Indiana attorney general Greg Zoeller has called upon his state’s legislature to enact mandatory drug testing for pregnant women citing rising health care costs. Zoeller claims drug testing will allow for early treatment of babies exposed to drugs ingested by their mothers while they are in the womb. The exposure can lead to an existing addiction to drugs known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which can cause withdrawal symptoms shortly after birth. According to Zoeller (pictured below), the symptoms associated with NAS cost Indiana hospitals around $30 million in 2011. 

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