Karen Hadley 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.


Ren in Marijuana Use
July 1, 2021

Cannabis and Pregnancy Don’t Mix

New information reveals a direct connection between negative health outcomes in newborns and mothers who used cannabis while pregnant. Yet even while this information is coming into the mainstream, other research suggests that more women are using cannabis while pregnant than in recent years.


Ren in Family Addiction
October 22, 2020

Giving Birth to a Healthy Child Means Giving Up Alcohol AND Marijuana Prior to Conceiving

While much attention has been put on the use of mind-altering substances during pregnancy, new information shows that use of these substances, by either parent, before conception can impact brain development.


Karen Hadley in Marijuana
October 28, 2019

Why Does the Surgeon General Advise Pregnant Women to Avoid Marijuana?

As marijuana use becomes legal in more and more states, it can be hard to know who to ask for advice on the safety of this drug. For pregnant women, knowing who to listen to is particularly important. To help these women, the U.S. Surgeon General has just issued advice for all pregnant women on marijuana use.


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.


Karen Hadley 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.


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.


Sue Birkenshaw in Marijuana Use
May 30, 2015

Risks of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

Ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable: Pregnant women advising each other to smoke marijuana. But now, take a look at just about any pregnancy forum and you’ll find posts on this topic with strong opinions on each side.


Sue Birkenshaw in Marijuana Use
October 21, 2014

Birth Defect Anencephaly May Be Associated with Marijuana Use

Washington State Investigates Increase of Disastrous Birth Defect—One Associated with Early Pregnancy Use of Marijuana. This year, the news media has been reporting on the increase of a particularly disastrous birth defect appearing in Washington State—anencephaly.