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Management of drug misuse in pregnancy

  • Ed Day and Sanju George

Use of both licit and illicit drugs can lead to a range of medical, psychiatric and social problems, and the situation becomes further complicated if the user is pregnant. Prescribed and non-prescribed substances can affect a pregnancy, and substances are seldom used in isolation. In this review we focus on users of illicit drugs (including prescribed drugs used illicitly) during pregnancy and describe some of the issues in managing such cases. We consider the impact of subtance use on the foetus, the mother and the newborn child, and highlight the importance of multidisciplinary working in this area. Space precludes a detailed account of the issues surrounding the use of legal substances such as alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy, but we note their significant impact in this group.

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