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[ATG] Statement from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office
Start Date: 9/19/2013 All Day
End Date: 9/19/2013
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Statement from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office:

As co-chair of the state's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, Attorney General Greg Zoeller spoke on Sept. 9 to the Commission on Mental Health and Addiction about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

The attorney general's comments nor the story that appeared on Sept. 9 from Indiana Public Media should be interpreted to imply that he supports mandatory opioid testing of any kind for pregnant women – he does not. The task force is currently working on viable solutions to address the spike in NAS cases in Indiana and plans to put forth a series of recommendations in the next few months for the Legislature to consider.

When Zoeller addressed possible ways to combat this problem, he highlighted that physicians, who are responsible for the health of mother and child, should provide appropriate medical care for all pregnant women, including those with opioid dependency and/or addiction.

For more information about the task force or NAS visit www.BitterPill.IN.gov.

Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: erin.reece@atg.in.gov
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