Big Horn County Attorney announces crackdown on pregnant women who use drugs

The Big Horn County Attorney in Hardin announced Thursday plans to crack down on women who use drugs or alcohol while pregnant.

Big Horn County Attorney Jay Harris said this new approach is an effort to protect “innocent, unborn children victimized” by their mother’s substance abuse.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Montana has one of the highest rates of alcohol use among pregnant women in the region, but it does not break the rate down further by county.

The action is an extension of a zero tolerance policy for methamphetamine implemented by Harris in 2015.