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NSDUH Data Spotlight: Substance use during pregnancy varies by race and ethnicity

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality – 2012

A brief summary of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use by pregnant women of different races and ethnicities. Reports that among pregnant women aged 15-44, black women are more likely to use illicit drugs than white or Hispanic women, while black and white women are more likely to drink alcohol than Hispanic women. White women are more likely to smoke cigarettes during pregnancy, followed by black and Hispanic women respectively. Notes the importance of this data for use in targeted prevention education efforts by healthcare providers.