Illicit Drug Use in Pregnancy - An Appropriate Response

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Misinformation, stigma and discrimination contribute to the promotion of ideas that any type of drug use during pregnancy will result in harm to the foetus. Criminalisation, stigma and discrimination associated with illicit drug use during pregnancy also results in many women keeping their pregnancy concealed and prevents them from accessing a range of services, such as antenatal care, harm reduction services including voluntary drug treatment programs, and interventions to prevent vertical transmission of HIV. The prevention of vertical transmission of HIV is of upmost importance for women who use drugs, this position statement presents a series of recommendations for service providers to ensure that women who use drugs receive appropriate treatment and care.