DENMARK: Pregnant addicts may be forced into inpatient treatment centres

Fewer children should be born with a physical or mental damage caused by their mother’s drug or alcohol abuse during pregnancy, claim the interior minister, Karen Ellemann, and the health minister, Sophie Løhde, Copenhagen Post reports.

A new proposal suggests it could be possible to detain pregnant addicts against their will in a treatment facility for the duration of their pregnancy, as is the common practice in Norway.

In Denmark, some 50-100 babies are born with withdrawal symptoms annually and an average of 11 children are diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome, the most severe form of alcohol damage.

That is why the two ministers decided to establish an inter-ministerial working group that has mapped out how the problem is currently being tackled and how the Danish state could improve assistance offered to pregnant addicts.

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