Drug babies | Arkansas Blog

Friday, September 29, 2006

Drug babies

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 5:22 AM

Many months ago, we had some spirited talk here prompted by my criticism of drug warrior legislators thumping their chests about passing laws to snatch children away from mothers suspected of being drug users. I was all wrong to say the law was strictly punitive, defenders said. Lawmakers were worried about helping these mothers, too, not just adding a notch to their campaign resumes.

So. Interesting testimony yesterday from medical professionals about Garrett's Law.

Cindy Crone, the executive director of Arkansas Cares, a treatment program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for pregnant women addicted to drugs, said 273 referrals made under the new law have been substantiated, with 93 newborns and 33 of their siblings removed from their homes.

Few of the mothers received any help after the removals, Crone said.

"The unfortunate part of that is, less than 20 percent of those mothers received any substance abuse treatment," Crone said. "Less than 20 percent of those mothers received any parenting education or support, which a drug-positive birth would indicate a need potentially for both."

There are no numbers on the women who failed to seek pre-natal care for fear of losing children or being arrested on account of a positive drug test.

From the ArkTimes store



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Al Gore remembers Dale Bumpers

    Former Vice President Al Gore, a former U.S. Senate colleague of Dale Bumpers, sent a statement on Bumpers' death Friday:
    • Jan 3, 2016
  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016

Most Shared

  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.
  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation