Tobacco use for identifying pregnant women at risk of substance abuse

Dace Svikis, Jack Henningfield, Preston Gazaway, George Huggins, Kelly Sosnow, Jill Hranicka, Cheryl Harrow, Roy Pickens

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of current smoking status as a rapid screening tool to identify pregnant women at risk of heavy alcohol and/or illicit drug use. STUDY Design: Women (N=92) seeking prenatal care were interviewed to assess lifetime and recent tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use. Rates of recent heavy alcohol and illicit drug use were compared in current smokers and nonsmokers. RESULTS: All subjects reporting recent heavy alcohol and/or illicit drug use were current smokers; none were nonsmokers. CONCLUSION: Obstetric screening of pregnant women for current smoking status seems to be a cost-effective method of identifying those at risk of antepartum heavy alcohol and/or illicit drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Volume42
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1997

Keywords

  • pregnancy
  • smoking
  • substance abuse detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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    Svikis, D., Henningfield, J., Gazaway, P., Huggins, G., Sosnow, K., Hranicka, J., Harrow, C., & Pickens, R. (1997). Tobacco use for identifying pregnant women at risk of substance abuse. Journal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist, 42(5), 299-302.