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Drug Abuse and the Family Tree

Evidence continues to mount that a young woman’s life experiences—whether famine, PTSD, or recreational drug or alcohol use—can affect a baby she delivers years later. These findings have major implications for understanding why addiction runs in families, which has long been attributed to socioeconomic factors or considered a byproduct of the psychological harm children suffer when they grow up in a household where there’s substance abuse.

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