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Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse

Prenatal Effects

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The full extent of the effects of prenatal drug exposure on a child is not known, however studies show that various drugs of abuse may result in premature birth, miscarriage, low birth weight, and a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems.

For more information on the effects of using drugs during pregnancy, see: Substance Use in Women.

Drugs that may have adverse prenatal effects:

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