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Illicit drug use before and during pregnancy at a tertiary maternity hospital 2000-2006.
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PMID:  21355910     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Introduction and Aims. To study the prevalence of use of illicit drugs by women of reproductive age before and during pregnancy and the changes in rates of illicit drug use in pregnancy over recent years. Design and Methods. All pregnant women attending the public antenatal clinic over a 7 year period (2000-2006) were routinely interviewed about their use of illicit drugs by a midwife at the antenatal booking visit. Measurements. Records for 25 049 women, who self-reported previous and current use of cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy and heroin, were included in the study. Results. Cannabis was the most common illicit drug used before and during pregnancy; 9.3% of women were engaged in regular use prior to pregnancy and 2.5% were users during pregnancy. A very low proportion of women reported use of amphetamines, ecstasy or heroin in pregnancy. There was an increase in ever regular use and any past use of cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy over time. Conclusions. The prevalence of illicit drug use by young women prior to becoming pregnant is of concern. While pregnancy appears to be a strong motivator for women to cease substance use, there is a need to study whether women resume drug use after their baby is born.[Hayatbakhsh MR, Kingsbury AM, Flenady V, Gilshenan KS, Hutchinson DM, Najman JM. Illicit drug use before and during pregnancy at a tertiary maternity hospital 2000-2006. Drug Alcohol Rev 2010].
Authors:
Mohammad R Hayatbakhsh; Ann M Kingsbury; Vicki Flenady; Kristen S Gilshenan; Delyse M Hutchinson; Jake M Najman
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-7-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Drug and alcohol review     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1465-3362     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
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Created Date:  2011-3-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9015440     Medline TA:  Drug Alcohol Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2010 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.
Affiliation:
School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Australia Mater Mothers' Research Centre, Mater Mothers' Hospital, South Brisbane, Australia National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
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