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Heroin Use in Pregnancy

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Brain Damage in babies whose mothers used heroin during pregnancy

I have been looking up answers to the question, "What damage is done to the brain of a fetus whose mother uses heroin during pregnancy?" The predominant answers were "Learning Disabilities and Behavior Problems". Now my next question is: "What is it that causes that? Is it chemical or organic, or something else? If we knew the answer to that, maybe we could eventually come up with a remedy! Any good ideas out there? Thanks!

Brain damage in babies whose mothers used heroin during pregnancy

I have been looking up answers to the question, "What damage is done to the brain of a fetus whose mother uses heroin during pregnancy?" The predominant answers were "Learning Disabilities and Behavior Problems". Now my next question is: "What is it that causes that? Is it chemical or organic, or something else? If we knew the answer to that, maybe we could eventually come up with a remedy! Any good ideas out there? Thanks!

Actually I am especially interested in long-term effects as the child enters adulthood. Thank you!

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Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. His most recent work is The Mystery of Risk.

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