Essay Harmful Effects of Drug Abuse During Pregnancy
annually, found that on average 11 percent of pregnant women used heroin, methadone, amphetamines, PCP, marijuana, and, most commonly, cocaine.
The researchers estimate that each year, as many as 375,000 infants may be affected by their mothers' drug use. Dr. Barry Zuckerman and his colleagues at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston City Hospital conducted a study of 1,226 women who gave birth at the hospital between 1986 and 1988. Of this group, 27 percent had smoked marijuana,