The Newborn Testing Group

Drug and alcohol abuse occur in up to 10 percent of pregnancies. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act requires states to establish policies and procedures for reporting cases of newborns exposed to substances of abuse [1]. Forensic drug testing of newborn specimens such as umbilical cord tissue provides a tool for health practitioners to objectively identify exposed newborns.

USDTL established the Newborn Testing Group in response to our client’s needs. The Newborn Testing Group provides a high level of support and is a source of specific information for perinatal health professionals.

We will attend more than 30 state, regional, national and international conferences each year. In addition, local group presentations and customer training sessions will be provided in person and live online. We seek to keep customers informed and current regarding newborn toxicology research and laboratory services available from USDTL.

1. Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2012). Parental drug use as child abuse. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.

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