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Apr 12, 2016 11:53 AM

Committee tweaks bill aimed at protecting addicts' kids

CONCORD (AP) - In response to concerns raised by obstetricians, a House committee is recommending changes to a bill that attempts to protect New Hampshire's youngest residents from the state's growing opioid abuse crisis.

The bill passed by the Senate would add a parent's abuse of opioids to the definition of child neglect. The goal is to allow the Division of Children, Youth and Families to get involved more quickly, but doctors said it could discourage drug-addicted pregnant women from getting prenatal care because they fear their other children could be taken away.

The House Children and Family Law Committee on Tuesday recommended an amendment that would leave the definition of child neglect alone, but would give the division more leverage in court to use opioid abuse as evidence of neglect.

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