Indiana hospitals will have to report to the state cases of babies born addicted to drugs under legislation unanimously approved by the House Monday.
The condition is known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – newborns exposed to addictive illegal or prescription drugs before they’re born. But just trying to understand the scope of the problem has been difficult, in part because hospitals aren’t required to report the condition.
Advocates for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia say new legislation will help ensure law enforcement know how to deal with that growing segment of the population.
Legislation unanimously approved by the General Assembly was developed largely in response to an incident in Peru, Ind., in which police used a stun gun several times on an elderly Alzheimer’s patient after he became aggressive.
A bill regulating abortion-inducing drugs administered at Indiana abortion clinics will advance to the House floor after passage in committee Wednesday.
When the bill passed the Senate, it required women receiving the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to taking the drug. Changes in the House committee Wednesday would require the ultrasound to be offered but allow women to turn it down.
The bill now only forces changes at one Indiana location – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette.