Pregnant Woman Arrested After Injecting Prescription Drugs
SPRING HILL – Prenatal Substance Abuse continues to be a major problem in the United States and the health risks for a developing fetus can be substantial and long-lasting.
According to recent studies, among pregnant women aged 15 to 44, 5.4 percent were current illicit drug users based on data averaged across 2012 and 2013. And 4.8 percent of those studied used drugs into the second trimester.
That’s exactly what one woman admitted to doing when Sheriff’s Deputies arrested her yesterday at the Circle K gas station on Elgin Blvd.
According to reports, Deputies were dispatched to the location around 9:00 p.m. last night, after receiving complaints about suspicious activity.
When deputies arrived, they made contact with 20-year-old Autumn Mae Murdock who was sitting in a vehicle and appeared to be under the influence. With Murdock’s consent, Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered a black bottle top that contained a clear liquid and a small white pill. They also located a hypodermic needle lying next to the bottle top. Deputies continued their search and found additional needles inside Murdock’s purse.
During an interview, Deputies noticed a fresh needle marks on Murdock’s arm. Murdock admitted that she had just injected an unknown prescription pill and that she was also 6-months pregnant.
Murdock was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Paraphernalia. She was transported to the Hernando County jail and held on a $1,000 bond.
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