Epidemiology | Medical Issues | Psychosocial Issues
Determining the epidemiology of drug use during pregnancy
has always been an inexact science (American Academy of Pediatrics 1998; National Institute on Drug Abuse 1996).
This imprecision has resulted from factors such as changes in drug
use patterns over time, variations in sample populations in individual
hospitals and larger geographic areas, differing applications of
history-taking techniques and drug-detection technologies, and the
varying attention that society has paid over time to this specific
subset of female drug users (Kandall 1996).