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A Pregnant Patient in Recovery Did Everything Right, but Stigma Threatened her Parental Rights

by Rebecca Acevedo | Aug 19, 2019

Ashley’s recovery from opioid addiction was going well.

For more than a year, she had been a responsible patient with us at CleanSlate in Elkhart, Indiana. When Ashley discovered that she was pregnant last October, she became an even more committed patient - coming to double the appointments that she even needed.

Ashley was doing everything right.

And for good reason. Ashley has two other kids, and the Department of Child Services (DCS) had been involved with her family in the past. She was determined to make sure that this baby was born healthy and that DCS had no cause for alarm.

So when Ashley tested positive for methamphetamine at the hospital after the baby was born, we were all floored. Nobody was more shocked than Ashley, who knew for a fact that the results were false. The only medications that she was taking (other than our prescribed addiction medication) was for acid reflux.

DCS informed Ashley that her baby would be required to stay at the hospital until they could conduct a second drug test and assess the blood results.

I was furious when I heard this news.

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