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Euro Surveill. 2009 Mar 5;14(9):33-6.

Drug use and pregnancy - challenges for public health.

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon, Portugal.


Involving pregnant drug users in drug treatment is likely to decrease the chances of pre- and perinatal complications related to drug use and to increase access to prenatal care. Timely medical intervention can effectively prevent vertical transmission of human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus as well as certain other sexually transmitted diseases, and would allow newborns infected with hepatitis C virus during birth to receive immediate treatment.

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