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Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo)

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YAMAGUCHI, Eduardo Tsuyoshi; CARDOSO, Mônica Maria Siaulys Capel; TORRES, Marcelo Luis Abramides  and  ANDRADE, Arthur Guerra de. Drug abuse during pregnancy. Rev. psiquiatr. clín. [online]. 2008, vol.35, suppl.1, pp. 44-47. ISSN 1806-938X.

BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that it has being a growing problem worldwide, very few works and papers have been published on drug use during pregnancy. OBJECTIVES: To objectively address the most commonly abused drugs (alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and tobacco) by women of a reproductive age. METHODS: A literature review (MEDLINE, LILACS) of the most recent papers on drug abuse by women of reproductive age was carried out. RESULTS: The primary consequences of drug abuse both for the mother and the infant are described. CONCLUSIONS: This is a little discussed major public health issue which requires the involvement of a multidisciplinary team. The publication of a greater number of papers on the problem is necessary in order to establish the best strategy for addressing intervention in this population.

Keywords : Pregnancy; drugs; alcohol; cocaine; marijuana; tobacco.

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