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March/April 2010, Volume 18, Number 2 

Pregnant Teens & Substance Abuse Treatment

A recent report from SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) examines female admis¬sions age 13 to 19 that were pregnant at the time of admis¬sion to substance abuse treatment in 1992 and 2007.

Pregnant Teen Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment: 1992 and 2007 includes the following findings:

Abused Substances

The primary substances of abuse reported by pregnant teen admissions have changed over time. In 1992, alcohol was the most frequently reported primary substance of abuse among pregnant teen admis¬sions; by 2007, it was marijuana. In fact, between 1992 and 2007, the proportion of pregnant teen admissions reporting primary alcohol abuse decreased by more than half (from 44.1 to 20.3 percent), and primary cocaine abuse decreased by two thirds (from 20.2 to 6.8 percent).

Picture of a pregnant woman

However, primary marijuana abuse among pregnant teen admissions more than doubled, from 19.3 percent in 1992 to 45.9 percent in 2007, while primary methamphetamine abuse more than quadrupled, from 4.3 to 18.8 percent.

Prior Treatment

In both 1992 and 2007, almost one in six pregnant teen ad¬missions had at least two prior treatment admissions (15.6 and 15.7 percent, respectively).

Although the majority of pregnant teen admissions had never been in treatment before, slightly more than one-third in both 1992 (36.0 percent) and 2007 (38.6 percent) had at least one prior treatment admission.


The majority of pregnant teen admissions in both 1992 (54.5 percent) and 2007 (50.3 percent) were non-Hispanic white.

Between 1992 and 2007, the proportion of pregnant teen ad¬missions that were Hispanic increased (15.7 versus 21.4 percent), while the proportion that were non-Hispanic black decreased (24.0 versus 14.7 percent).

For more information, download Pregnant Teen Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment: 1992 and 2007.

  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Take Action in Your Community

Take Action in Your Community

Three new campaigns bring powerful prevention messages to communities.

  From the Administrator  
Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Considering Language in Our Field

Do you use certain terms to describe our field? See terms.

  More on Underage Drinking  
Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

The STOP program is making a difference. Read about grantees in Ohio, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.

Town Hall Meetings Continue To Expand

Nearly 1,800 communities across the Nation recently met to discuss underage drinking.

State Estimates on Underage Drinking

State by state, the numbers differ on children and alcohol use.

  Women & Substance Abuse  
Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Gender makes a difference. TIP 51 can help providers offer women effective, up-to-date treatment.

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Comparing data from 1992 and 2007 on admission rates.

  Treatment Updates  
Uninsured Workers: Recent Data

Uninsured Workers: Data

Who needs treatment for substance abuse?

Free Treatment Available

Some facilities offer substance abuse treatment at no charge or a sliding scale fee.

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Methadone maintenance, buprenorphine maintenance. What are the similarities and differences among OTPs?

  Evidence-Based Practices  
Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Evidence-Based Practices KITs

The Knowledge Information Transformation (KIT) series offers new KITs.

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

The Agency outlines a budget request totaling $3.7 billion.

More on the Budget . . .

Established programs, new initiatives, and SAMHSA’s Budget Authority by Activity and the Agency’s Congressional Justification.

  Grants Updates  
Promoting Mental Health Recovery

Promoting Mental Health

Five behavioral health care provider associations recently received funding.

  Media & Messages  
Art & Children’s Mental Health

Art & Children’s Mental Health

Every day is Children’s Mental Health Day: “My Feelings Are a Work of Art.”

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

Share the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Minds on the Edge

Minds on the Edge

Facing mental illness is the subject of a PBS program.

  Recovery Month  
Flyers Available

Flyers Available

For 2010 celebrations, the flyers are available in print and online.

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Thousands of children age 12 to 17 with pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma used inhalants.


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