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Under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), in order for states to receive crucial federal funding for their child welfare agencies, they must have specific plans in place to address the needs of infants identified as having been affected by drugs in utero. In many states, that means hospital staff are required to report any infants born to mothers who used substances while pregnant—often, that includes medications used to treat opioid addiction, such as methadone or buprenorphine.