South Carolina Bill Requiring Reporting When an Infant or Fetus is Exposed to a Controlled Substance (H 3729)
This law was last updated on Aug 30, 2019
H 3729 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; or
- a child, birth to one year, who is medically affected by prenatal substance exposure to a controlled or illegal substance, or withdrawal from alcohol or a controlled or illegal substance.
The bill requires a report to be made regardless of whether or not the alcohol or substance exposure constitutes child abuse or neglect.
The bill would allow each physician, nurse, or medical or allied health professional who submits such a report to provide information to assist the department in the development of a plan of “safe care for the child and his family or caregiver.”
1/23/19 – Introduced; referred to Committee on Judiciary.