Addictions During Pregnancy

Algoma Public Health

Addictions During Pregnancy

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Substance use in pregnancy can have harmful long-term effects on your growing baby. Algoma Public Health wants to protect you and your baby from substance use such as drug, alcohol, and nicotine (cigarettes & vaping) use. See how substance abuse has impacted our region on Public Health Ontario’s Maternal Health Snapshot.


Substance use is one of the ten Adverse Childhood Experiences that a child may experience. Substance abuse is motivated by the need to be chemically “regulated” by substances, despite the negative consequences it may have on you and your family. For access to resources and support, visit our page on Substance Use & Harm Reduction.


The Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Program and Indigenous Tobacco Program works with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners to reduce and prevent commercial tobacco addiction, drug addiction, and alcoholism.

How to Use This Tool:

  • Click the Select Indicator drop down arrow

  • Scroll down to select which variable you want to view

  • For example: If you select, Drug Use During Pregnancy (2020), you will see that Algoma Public Health has the highest rates in Ontario (8.5% of the population compared to the provincial average of 1%).



Date Created: November, 2022