New report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

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Earlier this week, at the Issues of Substance conference, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) released the report, Licit and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy: Maternal, Neonatal and Early Childhood Consequences.

The report outlines the unique harms of substance use for women in general and pregnant women in particular. It aims to raise awareness amongst healthcare providers, so they will explore these issues with their patients and provide unbiased, compassionate information to women of childbearing age and their partners.

In the press release, Dr. Jocelynn Cook, Executive Director of the Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) comments: “This report provides foundational information that will inform research, policy and practice related to substance use in the Canadian context. Thinking about the unique impacts of substance use on women, including FASD, is critical.”

You can download the full report or the Report in Short from the CCSA website (the report is part of the  Substance Abuse in Canada series).