February 29, 2024
By If/When/How

Health care providers are often unsure of state and federal requirements for drug testing pregnant and birthing people and their newborns, and hospital policies around drug tests are typically more stringent than the law requires. As a result, pregnant people and new parents face state violence and criminalization following unnecessary and harmful reports to the family policing system (also called the child welfare system).

If/When/How released a first of its kind resource for healthcare professionals that makes clear when providers are not required to report substance use of pregnant and birthing people and their newborns. Our hope is that this resource will help providers navigate uncertainty around reporting requirements in their state while continuing to put their patients first.

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