Monday, January 15, 2007

10% of Western Cape moms addicted to tik

By Chanel September
15 January 2007

Researchers have found that 10% of pregnant women in the Western Cape are addicted to tik.

A pilot study last year involving 100 mothers attending antenatal clinics in the Tygerberg area found that the women had used tik during their pregnancies

Western Cape health department official Miranda Anthony, says that several hundred babies could have been born to tik-addicted mothers in the past year.

It is believed that the use of tik during pregnancy caused prenatal complications, increased rates of premature delivery, and altered neonatal behavioural patterns, including abnormal reflexes and extreme irritability among both babies and mothers.

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