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Morphine in milk conviction

The conviction by a South Carolina jury of Stephanie Greene, a 39-year old nurse, of killing her six-week-old daughter by administering a morphine overdose via her breast milk, is the first case to involve a legal drug. But Dr Steven Karch, forensic pathologist, says it now follows that any woman in South Carolina who takes a prescribed medication could end up being charged with a crime if the worst happened. Karch writes in [s]The Guardian[/s] that this ruling puts every breastfeeding woman in the state at risk of the same sort of miscarriage of justice.

[link url=http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/apr/09/manslaughter-conviction-negligent-breastfeeding-mothers]Full Report in The Guardian[/link]

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