Journal Issue: Drug-Exposed Infants Volume 1 Number 1 Spring 1991
In recent years the media has reported a rising tide of illegal drug use, especially cocaine, among pregnant women. But, do the increased reports reflect the actual situation in all parts of the country or just in certain pockets? Are the rising rates, reportedly as high as 58% in some hospitals for cocaine use,1 exaggeration or fact? Finding an accurate number has important policy implications for many societal institutions (e.g., medical, educational, and child welfare systems) which have been steeling themselves in preparation of an anticipated onslaught of infants, children, and mothers with special needs.