We all know that cocaine and heroin are big baddies at any time but street drugs are especially harmful if...
We all know that cocaine and heroin are big baddies at any time but street drugs are especially harmful if you're pregnant. Now a new study shows that there's a new complication concerning drugs during pregnancy. According to the study, pregnant women who use cocaine or heroin while taking methadone to beat their addiction may weaken their placenta. If the placenta is weak, it's more vulnerable to dangerous infections that could further harm an unborn baby. Their study found that exposure to cocaine or heroin along side the presence of methadone harmed the placenta and allowed other dangerous substances through the organ's usually protective barrier. The findings, published in BioMed Central's Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, are important for health care providers working with addicted women and for the women themselves. Methadone during pregnancy is generally regarded as safe when compared to the alternative - hard core street drugs. However research shows that many on methadone will also use another drug at the same time, an issue that one, can prove fatal, and two as this study shows, may decrease the placenta's barrier protection against infection. If you are pregnant and using street drugs you need to talk to a health care provider right away and get some early prenatal support. Visit these links for help:
- National Drug Help Hotline 1-800-662-4357
- National Meth and Addiction Hotlines & Helplines
- Low-cost or free health insurance for babies and mamas