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Every time a person abuses illicit drugs, he or she increases his or her risk of developing serious physical and psychological damages. Additionally, illicit drugs are known for causing numerous cracks and breaks in families, communities, etc. Depending on one’s age, gender, etc., the repercussions of drug abuse are different.
Drugs can turn a person’s life upside down. When an expecting mother is exposed to such life-threatening drugs, she not only puts her life at risk but also that of the fetus. Douglas H. Sandberg explains how the placenta, considered as a barrier to toxins consumed by the mother, is actually a filter that allows drugs and other toxic substances to penetrate. As a result, anything consumed by the mother reaches the fetus through the umbilical cord. Therefore, when a pregnant woman consumes any kind of illicit drugs, she tends to transfer toxins to the fetus.
Subsequently, the fetus being sensitive to hard drugs fails to eliminate the toxins from the body that result in various developmental discrepancies related to the brain, bones, limbs, etc. They are also at a high risk of developing increased dependence on drugs. Moreover, pregnant women consuming such drugs run an increased risk of developing other problems, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight, premature birth, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and even maternal death. Furthermore, drug use during later pregnancy inflicts critical issues related to the central nervous system (CNS) on the baby. However, the risks associated with drug use during pregnancy also rely on other factors like:
The following information can help one figure out the potentiality of drugs and their effects on the fetus:
Pregnancy is a critical phase in any woman’s life. During this period, she has to endure a number of challenges biologically, psychologically and socially. A slight imbalance in her behaviors or habits can put both the mother and the child at risk of developing serious health problems. Therefore, it is advisable to abstain from toxic substances during pregnancy.
If you or your loved one is struggling with substance abuse, connect to the Colorado Drug Addiction Helpline to contact the best addiction treatment centers in Colorado specializing in the evidence-based intervention plans. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-218-7546 or chat online for further information on addiction treatment in Colorado.