Overview and Epidemiology of Substance Abuse in Pregnancy

  title={Overview and Epidemiology of Substance Abuse in Pregnancy},
  author={Andria D Wendell},
  journal={Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology},
  • Andria D Wendell
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Medicine, Psychology, Biology
  • Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
The use of licit or illicit substances during pregnancy has the potential to produce adverse health effects for the maternal-fetal dyad. In the United States, it is estimated that >4.4% of pregnant women abuse 1 or more substances during pregnancy. Social and environmental factors contribute significantly to increases in the prevalence and complexity of substance abuse disorders. Fear of reprisal prevents many women from accurately reporting substance use patterns and receiving appropriate… 
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