Prevalence of substance abuse in pregnancy among Danish women

Nete L K Rausgaard, Inge O Ibsen, Jan S Jørgensen, Ronald F Lamont, Pernille Ravn

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There are few recent data on the prevalence of substance abuse among Danish pregnant women. During 2013, in the Region of Southern Denmark, a cross-sectional, anonymous, screening-based study was conducted among pregnant women attending for routine ultrasound scan at 12 weeks gestation. The women submitted a urine sample and completed a short questionnaire. Urine samples were tested for opiates, cannabis, benzodiazepines, cocaine, methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine. Positive samples underwent repeat analysis for confirmation. Of 690 pregnant women, 88.1% participated. Overall, 3.6% of women had a positive urine sample confirmed by repeated analysis. The age distribution in women with positive samples did not differ from the entire cohort. Our findings indicate a larger prevalence than anticipated, and that a substantial number of pregnant women with substance abuse are not appropriately referred to the focused specialist center for such women at risk.

TidsskriftActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)215–219
StatusUdgivet - 18. okt. 2014


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