DRUG USE AND PREGNANCY

Karen in Drug Information
November 11, 2021

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a harmful effect of drug addiction. Given the adverse nature of NAS and the many other harmful side effects of substance abuse, women who struggle with drug use should seek help as soon as possible.

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Ren in Family Addiction
October 29, 2020

Want to Be a New Father? Quit Using Alcohol First

Without much doubt, raising a healthy baby depends to some degree on both parents maintaining healthy lifestyles. When it comes to alcohol, new data suggests that BOTH the mother-to-be AND the father-to-be should abstain from alcohol in order to have a healthy baby.

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Ren in Legislation
March 17, 2019

Is Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy the Answer?

I was surfing through U.S. News the other day when I came across a news story that really caught my eye. U.S. News posted an article titled, “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Pregnant Women Abusing Drugs is Not Child Abuse.”Having worked in addiction treatment most of my adult life, this story hit close to home for me.

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Karen in Effects on children
January 27, 2019

For Healthy Babies, Avoidance of ALL Possible Drug Use Is Paramount

Some pregnant women continue to use drugs or drink during pregnancy because they can’t stop themselves. Others don’t yet know they are pregnant or have never been educated on the risks. Learn what risks a pregnant woman using opioids, marijuana, alcohol or other drugs is really taking.

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Ren in Alcohol
January 5, 2019

New Study Reveals Staggering Costs of Alcohol’s Effects During Pregnancy

Alcohol use during pregnancy damages millions of children and costs hundreds of billions of dollars but this harm is almost completely overlooked by the media and health organizations.

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Ren in Costs of drug abuse
May 28, 2018

Why Substance Abuse and Pregnancy Often Go Hand-in-Hand

Though it is a grim and miserable topic to discuss, it’s time we had a serious conversation about substance abuse and pregnancy.

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Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Addiction
July 17, 2014

Newborn Babies – Some of Our Youngest Addicts

These are children who never reached out for a joint, a needle or a crack pipe. Their drugs came from a different source – their mothers’ blood, carried through the placenta and umbilical cord to the tiny, growing body.

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