Institutional Responses to Substance Using Pregnant Women – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Institutional Responses to Substance Using Pregnant Women

Kailyn Simmons

Kailyn Simmons

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Research Mentor(s): Katharine McCabe, Research Fellow
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 5 (3pm-3:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 2
Presenter: 3

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Our research looked into institutional responses to substance-using pregnant women. Institutions include entities such as the criminal justice system, the medical system, the legal system, and the child welfare system. Data gathered from state laws and statutes, newspapers, court cases, medical guidelines, and more were examined to put together a picture of how different United States entities worked together and separately in cases of substance-using pregnant women. Historical responses, such as those used during the 1980’s “crack epidemic”, as well as modern responses, such as those being used during the “Opioid epidemic”, were examined.

Authors: Katharine McCabe
Research Method: Qualitative Study

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