Young, Pregnant and Using
|May 19, 2013||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Drug and Alcohol, Youth Development||
Data from a new TEDS report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration examines the differences between pregnant and non-pregnant teenagers admitted to substance abuse treatment. What may be of interest to providers and policymakers are the differences between the groups, and how those characteristics could inform prevention programming and public health campaigns.
Findings from the May 2013 brief, The TEDS Report: Characteristics of Pregnant Teen Substance Abuse Treatment, include the following,
- The majority of referrals of pregnant teenagers using alcohol or drugs were from the justice system (41.4 percent) and community agencies (23 percent), both higher than among non-pregnant female teens admitted in the same time period.
- Among pregnant teenage users, self-referrals to treatment were lower than among their non-pregnant peers (18.5 percent versus 22.9 percent). Also, schools were less likely to refer pregnant students (4.5 percent compared to 10 percent) to treatment.
- Pregnant teens more likely to report methamphetamine or amphetamine use than non-pregnant peers (16.9 percent versus 8.4 percent) at the time of admission.
- Poverty, as measured by public assistance as main source of income and use of Medicaid as the primary payor, was higher among pregnant teenagers.
The series of TEDS reports are available at the SAMHSA website.