Many women, including teens, abuse drugs while they are pregnant. This rate is especially high to those who are homeless, underprivileged, or live in a broken home. In order for drug abusers to even have a chance at beating their addiction they have to have support whether it’s family, friends, or boyfriend/spouse. They must also let the abuser now all the consequences to themselves and the unborn child. There are many consequences when using drugs during pregnancy such as miscarriage, health risks to baby, and health risks to the mother. And learning disabilities and brain damage to the fetus.
Cassandra has this feeling that Tiffany doesn’t know how serious and devastating it is to use heroin while she is pregnant. So she decides to educate Tiffany a little bit. Cassandra is walking with Tiffany to the hospital for her second check-up, while walking Cassandra tells Tiffany, “Did you know that Heroin abuse can cause serious complications during pregnancy including miscarriage and premature delivery? ” (http://www. uatests. com/drug-information/heroin. html) Tiffany then gives Cassandra this look of shock and says to her crying, “Oh my gosh I didn’t know that I was risking losing my child! How could I have been so ignorant?!
I’m risking my child’s life because of my addiction to heroin! ” Cassandra then tells her with a heartwarming smile, “It’s okay. I’m here to help you. ” Cassandra knows that she must help Tiffany with her addiction. She also knows that Tiffany doesn’t know the serious consequences of using heroin while pregnant, because Tiffany is using heroin she is not only endangering the life of her unborn child but also her very own life. When Cassandra and Tiffany get to the office they wait for the physician to come to the room. When he gets there he evaluates Tiffany and at the same time asks Tiffany, “Do you take any medications or drugs? Tiffany then responds with her head down because she is ashamed, “Yes I do. I use heroin regularly. ” The doctor then tells Tiffany, “Do you know the health risks you pose to your unborn child and yourself? ” Tiffany then says, “Not really, I just know that I could have a miscarriage because of my regular drug use. ” The doctor then explains to her, “Withdrawal will occur in 55 to 94 percent of infants exposed to heroin and other opiates. Infants of regular heavy users usually have a low birth weight, because of intrauterine growth retardation and frequent premature births. (http://www. bookrags. om/research/addicted-babies-edaa-01/) Also if you are regularly abusing the drug, the infant may be born physically dependent on heroin.
Children born to addicted mothers are at greater risks of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) as well. (http://www. uatests. com/drug-information/heroin. html) Tiffany looks over at Cassandra with tears running down her face and tells her, “I don’t know what to do? I want to stop but I can’t! I need to use heroin, I can’t go a few hours without it. ” Cassandra hugs her and tells Tiffany, “Yes you can stop! You just need a little help and support, but you also have to know the risks you pose to yourself. Tiffany’s doctor then asks her after her and Cassandra finished, “Do you have any other questions? ” Tiffany answers, “Yes. What health risks am I posing on myself? ” The doctor know that there are many health risk factors here for the mother so he starts by say, “While these risks are reason enough to avoid using the drug, pregnant women who inject heroin also expose themselves and their babies to diseases like HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne illnesses.
Chronic users also experience increased risks of the following problems: Infections of heart lining and valves, Pneumonia, Liver and kidney disease, and Tuberculosis. http://pregnancy. lovetoknow. com/wiki/Birth_Defects_and_Heroin) Now we are going to have to run urine and blood tests to make sure you don’t have any of these. ” The doctor then takes the urine and blood samples and they come back negative. So he then releases her and tells her, “Tiffany you need to try and take it easy on the heroin. There is also help centers around the area, you could go there and tell them you are pregnant and a heroine user. They then will start you on a daily dose of methadone which will help you with your addiction to heroin. ” Tiffany then tells him, “Thank you doctor.
I will definitely go check it out. ” Then her and Cassandra leave the hospital and while walking to the bus stop Cassandra looks at Tiffany and holds her hand and says, “It’s going to be ok Tiffany I’m here to help you beat your addiction to heroin. ” Tiffany then smiles and gives Cassandra a big hug Tiffany was struggling with her addiction to heroin while she was pregnant, but overcame her addiction with the help of her best friend Cassandra. Tiffany learned many things about how she was hurting her unborn child and herself because she was using heroin.