November 2014 - FASD program to become model for the world predicts expert Read full article »

Letters to the Editor
Read comments and insights from other Motherisk readers in Letters to the Editor.
FACE Research Roundtable Webcasts
Download Adobe Acrobat here

JFAS Int 2006;4:e9 - May 30, 2006
A Prenatal Perspective on the Cost of Substance Abuse in Canada

The Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse recently estimated the annual cost of substance abuse in Canada to be nearly 40 billion dollars. The estimation does not contain comprehensive economic consequences of prenatal exposure to tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use. Although many studies have estimated the cost attributable to prenatal substance exposure in specific populations and age groups, national cost estimations cannot be made mainly due to lack of Canadian prevalence data for drug use during pregnancy. The development of objective biomarkers for prenatal substance exposure presents an opportunity to build on prevalence data for Canada. By improving prevalence data and cost estimations, the large economic impact of prenatal substance exposure may be realized and used to argue for public policy change.


Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional [Valid RSS]

Motherisk is proud to be affiliated with OTIS, The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists. OTIS is a network of information services across North America.

* - "MOTHERISK - Treating the mother - Protecting the unborn" is an official mark of The Hospital for Sick Children. All rights reserved.

The information on this website is not intended as a substitute for the advice and care of your doctor or other health-care provider. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions about exposures during pregnancy and before you take any medications.

Copyright © 1999-2015 The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). All rights reserved.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is a health-care, teaching and research centre dedicated exclusively to children; affiliated with the University of Toronto. For general inquires please call: 416-813-1500.

  |  Contact SickKids  |  Terms of Use