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Management of Drug Dependency, Overdose, and Withdrawal in the Obstetric Patient

Citation

Thorp, John M., Jr. (1995). Management of Drug Dependency, Overdose, and Withdrawal in the Obstetric Patient. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, 22(1), 131-142.

Abstract

This article discusses the approach to pregnant patients with substance use problems, a growing problem in obstetric practice. Two alternatives used to detect patients with problematic substance use are discussed: (1) historic screening, which depends on the patient to self-report about her substance use; and (2) toxological assays for substances or their metabolites in the patients' body fluids. Management of women using cocaine and alcohol is also discussed.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1995

Journal Title

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America

Author(s)

Thorp, John M., Jr.