There is scarce knowledge about the developmental trajectory and health status of youths born to mothers who used multiple drugs during pregnancy. There has not been conducted any follow-up studies using brain imaging (MR) of adolescents/young adults who were prenatally exposed to poly-drugs, such as heroin, neither in Norway or internationally.
About the project
Knowledge of possible consequences of prenatal exposure to poly-drugs may influence the treatment of pregnant women with drug addiction. Knowledge about what increases or decreases the risk for a negative outcome from such early exposure may contribute to better interventions for children and youths in this risk group.
This is a follow-up of a prospective study that started in the 1990’s, in which two groups of newborn children were recruited. One group who had been exposed for mothers poly-drug use during pregnancy and a control group without any known prenatal risk factors. The participants are now adolescents or young adults and are asked to participate in the present follow-up study.
We use neuropsychological tests, interviews with questions about mental health, questionnaires, genetic tests and MR images of the brain to investigate this important issue.
Data collection was carried out during 2013 and 2014, and the project is financed by the Research Council of Norway until July 2016.