Term: Illicit Drug Use

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-11-05

Definition:

The use of substances that are considered illegal and punishable within the criminal code. In Heaman et al. (2012), illicit drug use was derived from the Families First Screen and is self-reported by the mother as being any illicit drug used during her pregnancy.

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  • Heaman M, Kingston D, Helewa M, Brownell M, Derksen S, Bogdanovic B, McGowan K, Bailly A. Perinatal Services and Outcomes in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] [Errata] (View)