FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- There was a slight rise in
the percentage of pregnant women entering substance abuse treatment
programs between 2000 and 2010 in the United States. But the number
of those entering treatment for alcohol use declined during that
time, according to a federal government report.
The admission rates for the women, aged 15 to 44, rose from 4.4
percent in 2000 to 4.8 percent in 2010, the investigators found. At
the same time, the number of pregnant women entering treatment for
alcohol use (with or without drug use) fell from 46.6 percent to
However, the percentage of pregnant women receiving treatment
for drug use (without alcohol use) rose from just over 51 percent
to nearly 64 percent, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report.
There were similar trends among non-pregnant women in the same
age group, the researchers noted.
"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 Hyde said in an agency 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," she added.
SAMHSA has a Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment
for Pregnant and Postpartum Women, Hyde explained, which promotes
the availability of substance abuse treatment, prevention and
recovery support programs for these low-income women and their
The grant program is specifically focused on meeting the needs
of the women, but also improving the health and well-being of their
family members and others who are close to them, Hyde pointed out
in the news release.
The March of Dimes has more about the dangers of
smoking, alcohol and drugs during pregnancy.