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The Lifetime Effects of Drug Abuse on Unborn Babies
TROY -- Mothers who use drugs and alcohol while pregnant can cause serious harm to their unborn babies, that can last a lifetime.
From behavioral issues to serious health problems, babies born to mothers who abuse drugs face life long struggles.
"She did crack and coke the entire time she was pregnant when into labor four weeks early and delivered while tripping on acid. Both mom and baby tested positive for drugs," said Amber, who adopted two boys from a drug addicted relative several years ago.
"It's disgusting. They should not be allowed to have these children. It should be court ordered that they have their tubes tied," she said.
Ever since the boys came into her home, she says it's been a struggle to get them on the right path.
"He still suffers with drug addiction, criminal behavior, unruliness," Amber said.
While Amber's eldest child has managed to overcome a lot of the problems he was born with, but not so for her 15-year old who's currently locked up in juvenile detention. She says he suffers from numerous issues including ADHD, learning disabilities, and stunted growth.
"He sat at the kitchen table and he cried to me and my husband and he said I don't understand why God made me this way. What did I do wrong to be chosen to be like this. That was heart wrenching," Amber said.
Amber says the biological mother never faced charges for using drugs while being pregnant. The woman has since had another baby that she gave birth to while on drugs.
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