Drug-related pregnancies in the United States are more common than most think. In fact, over 4% of pregnant women in the U.S. use drugs during their pregnancy. This puts the lives of 176,200 unborn babies at risk for potential birth defects.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious disease, and those who have battled addiction, or watched someone they love battle addiction, understand how much power this disease has over a person. When someone battles substance abuse they’re generally only physical hurting themselves.
However when a female addict becomes pregnant she’s not only hurting her own body and mind, but the body and mind of the life growing inside of her. This infographic highlights the amount of children born with birth defects in the U.S. correlated with the amount of drug-related pregnancies that occur in the U.S., and includes the amount of drug-related pregnancies broken down by state.
The graphic also breaks down how the most abused drugs can physically and mentally harm an unborn child. Most of the potential birth defects associated with drug-related pregnancies will follow these children around their entire lives.
The issue of drug-related pregnancies needs to be brought to light, and action needs to be taken to help these women and their children.