Substance Abuse and Pregnancy


Hi I’m Elora Murray and you’re watching
the Miramar News Network. Today we are taking a look at the facts of substance abuse during
pregnancy. Research shows that the use of tobacco smoke, alcohol
or illicit or prescription drugs by pregnant women has severe health consequences for infants.
In addition using alcohol, marijuana, stimulants and prescription pain relievers, tobacco or
inhaling second hand tobacco smoke can substantially increase the risk of a still birth.
Also, consuming alcohol during pregnancy can result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Furthermore, smoking tobacco while pregnant can result in birth defects, premature birth
and/or miscarriage. Moving on, women who use methamphetamines
or cocaine while pregnant significantly increase their chances of high risk complications.
Also, pregnant women who abuse opioid drugs such as heroin or prescription painkillers
during pregnancy can cause their infant to develop neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Finally, the effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs on pregnant women are still being studied.The
US Food and Drug Administration recently released new rules for drug labeling pertaining to
pregnant women. Including clearer instructions for use while pregnant and additional information
to prescribers to enable them to make a safer decision.
That’s it for our newscast today. Once again, I’m Elora Murray and thanks for joining us at the Miramar News Network.

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