I'm a Montana reporter who spent 4 months investigating why my state fails to provide adequate care for women who use meth or opioids while pregnant. AMA.
Hey, there. I’m Jayme Fraser, a reporter for the Missoulian newspaper who collaborated with students at the University of Montana School of Journalism this fall to evaluate how well our state was caring for pregnant drug users and their children. We found that Montana has largely fallen short, often leaving women without options for help even when they seek it. The barriers they face are not unique to Montana, but the state is worse than most by several measures. Montana has one of the nation’s highest rates of drug-exposed births and some of the least access to drug treatment for pregnant women or women with children. My coverage: http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/untreated-addicted-and-expecting/collection_c253fefe-f18e-58f9-bbd3-113afc8b7278.html
11:09 MST: Hey, all. Thanks for the excellent questions! I need to dart out for a bit, but will be back in an hour or so to answer more questions and will keeping replying in the weeks ahead.
12:10 MST: I'm back and caffeinated to keep taking your questions.