bThe growing use of illicit drugs among women has become a major
concern for health professionals and social services. The
reluctance of drug-using women to seek help from drug agencies and
to disclose their use of drugs to ante-natal, midwifery and social
services is now officially recognised by government agencies.
However, devising an appropriate strategy that will overcome these
fears will not be easy without a better understanding of their
causes and effects. Drug Misuse and Motherhood gives drug-using
mothers a voice. Based on longitudinal research and indepth
interviews it provides new insights and much-needed information in
five key areas: - family life - pregnancy - motherhood - service
delivery and development - implications for policy. The
user-perspective of this book is balanced by the professional
viewpoint on the same issues. It offers a unique source of data for
researchers and fresh inspiration for practitioners working in the
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