Drug misuse during pregnancy and fetal toxicity

Anderson, Mark; Choonara, Imti
September 2007
Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal & Neonatal Edition;Sep2007, Vol. 92 Issue 5, pF332
Academic Journal
The article investigates the effect of drugs misused during pregnancy in North America and Great Britain. Based on the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 3.9 percent of pregnant women admitted using illicit drugs. This study proves that illicit drugs causes fetal adverse effects including facial dysmorphism, neural tube defects and developmental delay. It also confirms that hair analysis helps identify exposure of drugs to infants and children.


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