PRENATAL DRUG EXPOSURE AND LATER ADDICTION
Adoptive parents may wonder if prenatally drug-exposed children are at increased risk of themselves becoming addicts as adolescents or adults. Few studies address this directly; much more is known about susceptibility to alcohol abuse among children of alcoholics. Predisposition to alcoholism is specific and separate from tendency toward other types of drug abuse. However, biologic, psychologic, and environmental factors may predispose the child of a drug-abusing parent to become involved with drugs. Some evidence of a genetic predisposition to cocaine dependency has been suggested.