Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NIDA Releases Survey on Women's Drug Use during Pregnancy

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NIDA Releases Survey on Women's Drug Use during Pregnancy

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released the findings of a survey examining the extent of women's drug use during pregnancy at a NIDA-sponsored conference last month in Washington, D.C.

According to NIDA, findings from the National Pregnancy and Health Survey provide the most definitive estimates of the number of babies exposed to drugs in utero, as well as demographic information on women who use drugs during pregnancy.

The conference, "Drug Addiction Research and the Health of Women," brought together leading researchers of women's health issues as they relate to drug abuse and addiction. Presentations were given on the biological mechanisms of addiction, and the health, social and behavioral consequences of women's drug use. Legal issues, as well as prevention, intervention and treatment issues were also addressed.

Survey Findings

Alan Leshner, PhD, director of NIDA, reported that a survey conducted from October 1992 through August 1993 estimated that 5.5 percent, or 221,000, of the 4 million who gave birth during this time period used some illicit drug during pregnancy. …

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