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Monday, July 29, 2013

Pregnant Women Using Drugs More Than Alcohol

Between 2000 and 2010, the number of pregnant women in drug and alcohol treatment programs for alcohol dropped, according to a new government report. However, the percentage of pregnant women being treated for drug abuse rose.

Over the decade, the proportion of women who were pregnant upon entering substance abuse treatment remained relatively stable, between 4 and 5 percent, Newswise reports.

Pregnant women reporting alcohol abuse, with or without drug use, fell from 46.6 percent in 2000, to 34.8 percent in 2010. Those reporting drug abuse, but not alcohol abuse, rose from 51.1 percent in 2000, to 63.8 percent in 2010, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“Any kind of substance use by pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature birth or a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems in the children they carry,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a news release. “Pregnant women must have access to prevention, support, and recovery services that meet their specialized needs. These include community programs for both pregnant and postpartum women that can help ensure their full recovery and better lives for them and their children.”

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