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Half Of Expectant Mothers Screened Test Positive For Drugs

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TEXAS - A disturbing number of local expectant mothers test positive for drugs before delivering their children.

Just the doctors at Texas Tech in Amarillo say about half of the roughly 600 mothers they test for drugs before delivery test positive.

Doctors must have a reason to test them, and the mothers must give their consent.

That means there could be many more babies addicted to drugs in utero than anyone realizes.

And that is not all because "most conventional drug tests only detect drug use within the last 48 hours. So if somebody was using crystal meth consistently up to a week ago, her drug screen would be negative," says Dr. Robert Kauffman, Director Of Repoductive Medicine & Infertility at TTUSHC.

He adds alcohol continues to be a huge issue for expectant mothers.

The most common drugs these mothers test positive for are marijuana, crystal meth and cocaine, respectively.

Marijuana can keep the unborn baby from getting enough oxygen, meth and cocaine greatly increase the risk of birth defects and miscarriage.

Babies can also have learning difficulties later in life.

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