But occasional, small doses of diazepam (the generic name for Valium) are considered safe.
According to the lab report, James had nothing in his system.
Should a mother face charges even when she was using a prescription drug under a doctor’s supervision? Some of the most wrenching effects of the law can be seen in the area of parental rights.
Chemical endangerment is considered a form of child abuse, and a woman accused of exposing her baby to drugs in utero is at risk of losing custody of all her children, not just her newborn.
Prosecutors contend the law has been the impetus for hundreds of women to get treatment and restart their lives, with prison as the price for those who choose not to or who fail.