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Health Reports & Data

Drug Use

In 2011, more than 3 percent of pregnant women in Hawaii used illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and other amphetamines, and heroin, during their pregnancy. Drug use poses various risks for unborn babies and pregnant women. Babies exposed to illegal drugs can have low birth weight, withdrawal symptoms, birth defects, or learning or behavioral problems. Similar to alcohol use, birth defects and other problems resulting from illegal drugs are 100% preventable if women stop using drugs before becoming pregnant.

Drug Use & Pregnancy