House panel advances bill encouraging drug addiction treatment

Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 10:09 AM CST
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A House committee has approved a bill that aims to encourage pregnant women with drug addictions to get treatment.

Rep. Spencer Gosch introduced the bill after hearing of a high rate of pregnant women with drug addiction. Under the state's current laws, people can be charged with a felony if they possess or take drugs.

The bill would allow pregnant women to avoid a drug conviction if they complete an addiction recovery program and seek prenatal care.

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