When someone uses drugs illicitly, she is putting herself into severe mental and physical danger, of causing damage to her mind and body. Not only is she at risk of developing the usual adverse effects of drug abuse, such as organ failure. She is also prone to get addicted to illegal drugs, and eventually to have an overdose. Healthy women are not spared from these, but they can be potentially more life-threatening for a pregnant woman – and her unborn child.
Ravindu Gunatilake, MD says that “the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified drugs into five categories according to the degree of risk they pose for the fetus if they are used during pregnancy. Drugs were classified from those with the least risk to those that are highly toxic and should never be used by pregnant women because they cause severe birth defects.”