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South Carolina Bill Requiring Reporting When an Infant or Fetus is Exposed to a Controlled Substance (S 447)

This law was last updated on Jan 26, 2019


South Carolina


S 447


Failed to Pass


Feb 21, 2017


Co-sponsors: 7
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 8


Physicians Reporting Requirements, Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

Full Bill Text

S 447 would require every physician, nurse, or any other medical or allied health professional to report to the department:

  • a child birth to one year who is diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder;
  • a child birth to one year who is affected by the presence of alcohol or a nonprescribed controlled substance or illegal substance or by withdrawal from alcohol or a controlled or illegal substance; or
  • a pregnant individual who has been diagnosed with an alcohol or other substance use disorder where the individual is not cooperating with an established treatment plan.

The bill requires a report to be made regardless of whether or not the alcohol or substance exposure constitutes child abuse or neglect.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to H 3823.


Passed the senate on March 30, 2017, by a 44-0 vote.