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Mothers and Illicit Drugs
Transcending the Myths
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Author(s) :
Susan C. Boyd
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Edition(s) at Erowid :
1999(pb,1st ed., fine)
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Univ of Toronto Street Press
This book provides a view of women who use illicit narcotics in Canada - focusing on their opinions regarding the law, medical and social service policy, and regulations that affect their lives - against the background of the social control of women in Western society. Specifically, it brings forward the opinions of mothers who use illicit drugs concerning the medical treatment of adult women and their newborn infants, the cultural construction of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), Canadian narcotics laws, and the effects of drug treatments, in addition to providing data on the role of social services in relation to intervention and to the apprehension of children ... Recent discourse has broadened our concept of reproduction and the social constraints surrounding it. Maternal drug use has recently become controversial. Mothers have been detained, arrested, and subjected to medical interventions as a result of their status as suspected illicit drug users.

"I read through Mothers and Illicit Drugs the first time in one sitting and didn't want to put it down. It challenged much of my own thinking on drug use in general and drug use by mothers in particular."
-- Meredith Ralston, Department of Women's Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University