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DHS Sees Spike in Drug Use by New, Expectant Mothers

Numbers are gathered as a part of Garrett's Law, which requires doctors who find pregnant women with drugs in their system to call the child abuse hotline.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Department of Human Services (DHS) says reports of drug use in new and expectant mothers is on the rise in Arkansas.

DHS reported to lawmakers that calls to the child abuse hotline have totaled 749 in the last year, a 13 percent increase from the previous year, and 34 percent higher than two years ago.

The numbers are gathered as a part of Garrett's Law, which requires doctors who find pregnant women with drugs in their system to call the child abuse hotline.
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