Ethical Dilemma of Recreational Marijuana Use for Breastfeeding and Pregnant People
In our current society, pregnant and breastfeeding women do use and ingest recreational substances and drugs of abuse. Marijuana use is of special concern currently, especially considering the ethical and legal concerns of its use. The objectives of this presentation are to effectively evaluate recreational drug use during breastfeeding and pregnancy; to counsel mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding and using recreational drugs, including marijuana; and to discuss and address ethical concerns regarding marijuana use.
Dr. Frank J. Nice has practiced as a consultant, lecturer, and author on medications and breastfeeding for over 40 years. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy, a Masters Degree in Pharmacy Administration, Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Public Administration, and Certification in Public Health Pharmacy. He retired after 43 years of government service, including 30 years of distinguished service with the US Public Health Service, 29 years at the National Institutes of Health, and five years at the Food and Drug Administration. He currently is self-employed as a consultant and President, Nice Breastfeeding LLC and President, Pacific United LLC. Dr. Nice has published Nonprescription Drugs for the Breastfeeding Mother, The Galactagogue Recipe Book, Recreational Drugs and Drugs Used To Treat Addicted Mothers: Impact on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, and Haiti Beyond Belief. Dr. Nice has also authored over four dozen peer-reviewed articles on the use of prescription medications, recreational drugs, Over-the-Counter (OTC) products, and herbals during breastfeeding, in addition to articles and book chapters on the use of power, epilepsy, and work characteristics of healthcare professionals. He has organized and participated in over 50 medical missions to the country of Haiti.
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