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Accession Number PB2013-108845
Title Characteristics of Pregnant Teen Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 5p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Teenage pregnancy is a serious public health issue because of the risk for short- and long-term negative consequences for the mother and child. Compared with pregnant adults, pregnant teens are at increased risk for having pregnancy-related complications, premature delivery, and delivering babies with developmental problems. Pre- and postnatal health problems for both mother and child are compounded when the mother uses alcohol or drugs. This is of particular concern for pregnant teens because they tend to recognize their pregnancies later than adult women; pregnant teens are more likely to engage in binge drinking and drug use early in their pregnancies. Research shows that when mothers use drugs during pregnancy, babies born to these mothers can exhibit signs of addiction at birth, and long-term effects of maternal prenatal drug use have been observed in children at 6 years of age. These problems can be amplified by other factors associated with teenage mothers, including poverty, homelessness, exposure to violence and crime, poor health, and lack of access to health care. Substance abuse treatment provides an important opportunity to halt cycles of substance use and abuse among pregnant teens and, in turn, prevent or mitigate the short- and long-term impact of teen maternal substance use.
Keywords Adolescents
Alcohol drinking
Drug abuse
Drug treatment programs
Health risks
Public health
Social factors

Source Agency Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
91K - Social Services
43C - Human Resources
Corporate Author Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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