Illicit Drug Addiction

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Illicit Drug Use During Pregnancy In America Illicit drug use during pregnancy is a problem with potentially serious irreversible effects for the mother, fetus and extending to the developing child, however there are solutions to help eliminate or improve this epidemic such as education, assisted programs, rehabilitation, or prosecution. What are illicit drugs? Illicit drug addiction may be one of the most dangerous types of addictions. In general, illicit drugs are those that are illegal to make, sell, or use. They include cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, and hallucinogens. Health Professionals consider abused prescription medications, alcohol and tobacco, all drugs, even though these ones are legal, they are mind altering, addictive, and are considered dangerous to a fetus (www.healthline.com). Of the 4 million women who become pregnant each year, at least 20% smoke cigarettes, 19% drink alcohol, 20% use legal drugs, and 10% use illicit drugs during their pregnancy. Approximately 26 million Americans will suffer with a substance abuse problem during their lifetime. The incidence of substance abuse among women of reproductive…show more content…
As a whole our society needs to extend a hand ensuring a safe, judge free environment for the addicted woman to enter. Illicit drug use during pregnancy is a problem with potentially serious irreversible effects for the mother, fetus and extending to the developing child. We need to continue to educate the public by providing knowledge about the severity of illicit drug use and the affect it has on the human body and mind. In hope of grabbing the attention of individuals, creating prevention of drug use before hand, decreasing the amount of cases each year. As to educating, this can be done by making the information assessable. Billboards, flyers, media commercial and early education in school systems can all influence future positive
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