Medications like Suboxone help pregnant women safely treat addiction. But in many states, taking them can trigger investigations by child welfare agencies that separate mothers from their newborns.
Federal law has put thousands of women on anti-addiction medications into an impossible bind: Give up your treatment or risk losing your child.
Reveal reporters Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter have been uncovering the ways that some drug rehabs exploit their desperate clients.
“It’s like slavery,” said one rehab participant, “like we were on the plantation.”
We tell the story of of how a DEA insider tried to stop drug distribution companies from flooding America with truckloads of pain pills.