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Obstet Gynecol. 2004 May;103(5 Pt 1):1021-31.

ACOG Committee Opinion. Number 294, May 2004. At-risk drinking and illicit drug use: ethical issues in obstetric and gynecologic practice.


Abuse of alcohol and drugs is a major health problem for American women across differences in socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and age, and it is costly to individuals and to society. Obstetrician-gynecologists have an ethical obligation to learn and use a protocol for universal screening questions, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in order to provide patients and their families with medical care that is state-of-the-art, comprehensive, and effective. In this Committee Opinion, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on Ethics proposes an ethical rationale for this protocol in both obstetric and gynecologic practice and provides guidelines for resolving common ethical dilemmas related to drug and alcohol use that arise in the clinical setting.

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