Heroin, Drugs, and Pregnancy

Having graduated from a suburban high school near Columbus, OH about twenty years ago, I am getting in touch with former classmates to figure out plans.  I volunteered to be one of the people to call and email everyone to see who can come and who can help.  What an adventure this has been to reconnect with so many people I had not thought of in years.    However, as you can imagine, there are some names that I felt hesitant to call.  Every class had some kids that were on drugs, and all this time later, I am finding out what happened everyone.

Recently,  I  spoke to Stacey, a girl who was troubled throughout the years I had known her.  We didn’t mingle in the same crowds.  I barely knew her personally, but I knew of her reputation for being interested in trying any drug she could get her hands on.  As a person who hates bad news, I was afraid to ask her much about her current life.  However, Stacey opened up to me immediately.  She told me all about her three daughters who are having similar struggles in school.  One was kicked out of high school for disruptive behavior, one was caught smoking marijuana behind the school, and the other is trying to be follow the rules of society, but is struggling with her grades and is in remedial classes.  I had to wonder about whether Stacey’s use of drugs might have had an effect on her kids.  Shortly after graduation, it was rumored that Stacey was pregnant with a dealer’s baby.  I myself never saw her again as I went off to college in Illinois, but another classmate had seen her looking very pregnant and and very stoned near a local bar.  The timing would be about right for the oldest daughter to be that same baby.

I decided to do some internet research.  An article called “Drug Use and Pregnancy” on WebMD.com stated that “exposure to drugs such as marijuana and alcohol before birth has been shown to cause behavior problems in early childhood. These drugs can also affect the child’s memory and attentiveness.  In addition, some findings show that babies born to women who use cocaine, alcohol, or tobacco when they are pregnant may have brain structure changes that persist into early adolescence.”   The article further cites a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse stating that “exposure to cocaine in the womb can lead to subtle, yet significant, deficits later in children. These deficits usually show up in areas such as cognitive performance, information-processing, and attention to tasks. These are areas that are vital for success not just in school but also in life.”

Although Stacey made it clear to me that her partying days were over with and that I could count on her to attend the reunion,  I could clearly see that the aftermath of her drug usage would last her entire life.  She had three children with serious problems that likely stemmed from using drugs in her pregnancies.   She would always have a difficult road ahead of her because of drug abuse and so would the children.

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