Pregnancy and birth under maintenance treatment with diamorphine (heroin): A case report

  • Hartwig C
  • Haasen C
  • Reimer J
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) is a new form of treatment for heroin-dependent patients not responding to conventional interventions such as methadone maintenance treatment. No pregnancies or births under HAT have been reported until now. CASE: The pregnancy course of a 31-year-old severely dependent multi-morbid woman receiving HAT and the birth of a healthy baby after premature delivery is described. HAT helped to reduce the use of illicit substances both before and during pregnancy. The neonatal abstinence syndrome was clinically well compensated. CONCLUSION: HAT seems to be feasible in pregnant women and normal birth is possible under HAT, which therefore may act as a harm reduction measure for polydrug-using pregnant women not responding to methadone maintenance treatment.

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  • Birth
  • Diamorphine
  • Pregnancy

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Authors

  • Christina Hartwig

  • Christian Haasen

  • Jens Reimer

  • Werner Garbe

  • Dirk Lichtermann

  • Linde Wuellenweber

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