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NCJ Number: 119671 Find in a Library
Title: Risks Incurred by Children of Drug-Addicted Women: Some Medical and Legal Aspects
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:37  Issue:2 and 3  Dated:(April-September 1985)  Pages:149-156
Author(s): C Vaille
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 8
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: France
Annotation: A review of recent literature shows a dramatic increase in the number of drug-addicted pregnant women in France, which increases the number of infants susceptible to the adverse effects of such addiction.
Abstract: The majority of infants born to mothers addicted to opiates show a narcotic withdrawal syndrome. The risk of prematurity and other health disorders occurring in an infant is substantially increased by the mother's abuse of narcotics during pregnancy. The microbial infection of children by a contaminated drug abused in the family and accidental poisoning of children by drugs have also been reported. The treatment of drug-addicted pregnant women has raised medical and legal questions, such as the breach of confidentiality of medical information and the criminal failure to report offenses, as well as the failure to render assistance. The promotion of information and education about drug abuse during pregnancy and the effects of such abuse on the pregnant woman, her fetus, and the future of a new-born infant is an urgent necessity. 19 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug effects
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Females; Prenatal biological influences
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