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Addicted and Pregnant: Finding Help

Posted on May 26, 2014 in Research & News

Addicted and Pregnant: Finding HelpDrug use during pregnancy is a serious and challenging health concern for both expecting mothers and the children who are born after exposure to drugs in utero. It can be a major challenge to convince pregnant women to seek treatment for drug addiction and another challenge to find appropriate treatment for them once they make the decision to begin their recovery. The treatment itself is also complicated by concerns for the expecting mother’s health and the development of the fetus. 

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Smoking Biggest Factor in Low Birth Weight, Study Finds

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Research & News

Smoking Biggest Factor in Low Birth Weight, Study FindsDoctors and public health officials know that women who consume alcohol, drugs or nicotine during pregnancy run into increased risks to their own health and the health of their developing children. Two of these identified risks present heightened chances of giving birth prematurely and heightened chances of giving birth to a child with unusually low body weight. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from two U.S. universities compared the relative impact on birth weight and pregnancy duration associated with the consumption of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and tobacco by pregnant women.

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Methadone Use During Pregnancy Leads to Low Birth Weight

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Methadone Use During Pregnancy Leads to Low Birth WeightMethadone is an opioid medication most commonly used to treat people addicted to heroin, an opioid drug known for its powerful effects on the human brain and body. Current evidence indicates that women who regularly use this medication during pregnancy develop strongly increased chances of having children with unusually low birth weights. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from four Scottish institutions sought to identify the factors that contribute to low birth weight in the newborn children of methadone-using mothers. The researchers concluded that they could not fully account for this phenomenon.

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More Pregnant Women Battling Addiction to Painkillers

Posted on August 20, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

More Pregnant Women Battling Addiction to PainkillersPregnant women have a lot of things to worry about, but drug addiction should not be one of them. Unfortunately, the ugly truth is that women can be addicted to drugs while pregnant and give birth to babies that are also dependent. One of the fastest growing addictions in the country, for all genders and ages, is a dependence on prescription painkillers. Pregnant women are not immune to it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50,000 women overdosed on prescription painkillers between 1999 and 2010, which represents a 400 percent increase over that decade. Although the effects of this addiction on a woman and her baby can be devastating, health care professionals are finally taking note. More and more treatment centers are offering services for pregnant women hooked on painkillers, and more women are getting help.

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Effects of MDMA (Ecstasy) Use During Pregnancy

Posted on May 18, 2013 in Designer Drugs

Effects of MDMA (Ecstasy) Use During PregnancyMDMA (Ecstasy) is a stimulant drug related to amphetamine that produces some of the mind-altering effects more commonly linked to the use of drugs called hallucinogens. When pregnant women use MDMA, it passes from the maternal bloodstream and enters the bloodstream of the developing fetus. Current evidence from both animal and human testing indicates that fetal exposure to MDMA can lead to a number of potential problems, including altered brain development in the first trimester of pregnancy, changes in newborn behavior related to this alteration, and delayed development of normal motor function (coordinated muscle movement) in the middle and latter stages of pregnancy.

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Effects of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

Posted on May 17, 2013 in Marijuana Addiction

Effects of Marijuana Use During PregnancyDuring pregnancy, women who smoke marijuana expose their developing fetuses to the drug when it passes to the fetal bloodstream inside the placenta. There is considerable disagreement among medical professionals about the impact of marijuana on fetal development, in part because women who use the drug also commonly use other substances that can alter the development process. Still, current evidence indicates that use of marijuana during pregnancy can potentially produce negative effects on the viability of that pregnancy, as well as negative effects on the long-term learning capabilities of children exposed to the drug in the womb.

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Guidelines For Treating Children Born to Drug-Addicted Mothers is Revised

Posted on February 11, 2012 in Drug Addiction Treatment

The number of infants suffering from drug-related affects after birth has increased nearly 45 percent in the past 15 years, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. What are the options to helping those children exposed to drugs while in the womb?

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More Pregnant Mothers May Be Abusing Prescription Drugs

More Pregnant Mothers May Be Abusing Prescription Drugs

Posted on November 16, 2010 in Prescription Drug Addiction

A new and tragic twist to the problem of prescription drug abuse is affecting the lives and health of what could be considered the youngest victims – babies who are born already addicted to opiate drugs, or prescription pain killers. According to recent research, the level of newborn babies born with prescription drug abuse addiction problems is 40 times greater than the 1980’s level. Experts believe babies born with prescription drug addictions will not only battle withdrawal, but may be more likely to also face abuse or neglect.

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One in Three Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women Drink Alcohol in Australia

Posted on June 13, 2010 in Alcohol Addiction

Despite widespread media and educational efforts to spread awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption for expectant and breastfeeding mothers, a recent survey in Australia reveals that one-third of new mothers are still drinking alcohol.

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Pregnant Women in Cambodia Should Resist Chewing Tobacco

Posted on December 4, 2009 in Types of Addiction

 In Cambodia, many expectant mothers turn to chewing tobacco to cure morning sickness, but the World Health Organization warns that this can lead to addiction, and that chewing tobacco poses the same health risks for both mother and baby as smoking cigarettes.

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