Published in Women's Health Weekly, April 29th, 1996
Surveys indicate that as high as 10-20 percent of pregnant women in the United States use cocaine. Specific health problems are associated with the resulting drug exposure to the fetus. Traditionally, urine is the specimen of choice used to detect drug use by individuals, including pregnant women.
In an attempt to improve the detection rate of drug-exposed neonates, analysis of specimens other than urine has been suggested, noted Richard E. Mullins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, Director, Clinical Chemistry Lab, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.
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