The death of a stripper-turned-celebrity's son appears to be an accidental overdose, but when the woman (Swanson) dies days later after giving birth, the case becomes a homicide investigation that seems to involve the paternity of the newborn.
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Lorelai's doctor says he started her on methadone because it was safe to use during pregnancy, which meant she was dependent on another opioid at the time. Methadone is actually in pregnancy category C, meaning that it carries a moderate risk of causing harm during pregnancy and is ill-advised. Almost all opiates are category C so methadone isn't any safer than any other opioid. Women are strongly advised to stop taking any type of opioid as soon as possible upon learning they are pregnant, usually they are weaned off opioids over the course of a few weeks. Not only can opioids affect the development of the child if the mother is taking opioids in the latter stages of pregnancy the fetus will become dependent on them as well and will go into opioid withdrawal soon after birth. Women should also not use opioids while breast feeding because opioids are secreted in breast milk. Lorelai's doctor was being highly irresponsible by continuing to prescribe her opioids during the final moths of her pregnancy, if she refused to wean herself off them then he would have been ethically obligated to try and get her into a drug treatment facility, preferably one that specializes in treating pregnant women. While he couldn't force her to stop using opioids he could, and should, have told her that he would not continue to prescribe her methadone or any opioid while she was pregnant. See more
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