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Drug Use During Pregnancy Statistics

Drug Use During Pregnancy

Approximately half of all pregnancies in the United States occur without planning. Even if a woman is trying to become pregnant, she likely won’t know about the pregnancy until she is four to six weeks along. Approximately 40 percent of women use substances, such as alcohol, opiates and/or marijuana, and are unable to quit using them even after finding out they are pregnant. What are the implications of drug use during pregnancy? 

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Withdrawal from The First Breath: What Happens to Children Born Into Addiction

Infant Withdrawal: An Epidemic

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a term for a group of problems a newborn experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics.

What Causes Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?

Drugs taken by a pregnant mother, pass from her bloodstream directly to the fetus. Substances that cause drug dependence in the mother also cause the developing fetus to become addicted. At birth, the baby’s dependence on the substance continues. Since the drug is no longer available, the baby goes into withdrawal. For an infant, withdrawal symptoms are significant and can last up to six months.  

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