The effects of prenatal exposure to drugs on brain development are complex and are modulated by the timing dose and route of drug exposure it is difficult to assess these effects in clinical cohorts which are beset with multiple exposures and difficulties in documenting use patterns. Drugs and pregnancy maternal drug handling fetal drug exposure beatrice krauer home worldcat home about worldcat help search search for library items search for lists search for principles of fetal exposure to drugs used in obstetric anesthesia m finster . Cols for identifying prenatal drug exposure for example there is no biological specimen that when ob tained randomly identifies prenatal drug use with 100 accuracy hence a negative drug screening result does not ensure that the pregnancy was drug free targeted screening of high risk women is problematic because it can be biased toward . Substance abuse in pregnancy is associated with a number of serious maternal and fetal health consequences nearly 90 percent of female drug abusers are of reproductive age according to the substance abuse and mental health services administration samhsa 54 percent of pregnant women between ages 15 and 44 are current users of illicit drugs. If youre pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant and want a healthy baby then its very important to avoid drug use during pregnancyillegal drugs such as marijuana cocaine and
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