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
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.
Companion bill to H 3823.
Passed the senate on March 30, 2017, by a 44-0 vote.