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Monday, August 12, 2013

News Release - Alcohol use among pregnant women in substance abuse treatment drops in past decade, but illicit drug use rises

According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the percentage of pregnant woman in substance abuse treatment using alcohol (with or without drug use) dropped from 46.6 percent to 34.8 percent over a ten year period. However, the report also shows that the percentage of substance abuse admissions involving pregnant women using drugs (without co-occurring alcohol use) rose from 51.1 percent to 63.8 percent during this same period.
The proportion of women of childbearing age (age 15 to 44) who were pregnant when entering treatment remained relatively stable between 2000 (4.4 percent) and 2010 (4.8 percent). The study also showed that non-pregnant women of childbearing age experienced similar trends in substance use as their pregnant counterparts.   > > > >  Read More