Month: December 2016

Month: December 2016

Trends in Marijuana Use Among Pregnant and Nonpregnant Reproductive-Aged Women, 2002-2014

Dr. Qiana Brown, PhD, founder and president of JHOFI, publishes in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)! Key findings from her research on trends in marijuana use among reproductive-aged women include the following:

  • Past month marijuana use increased 62% among pregnant women from 2002 to 2014.
  • Rates of marijuana use are increasing just as fast in pregnant women as they are in non-pregnant women of reproductive age.
  • Young women 18-25 years old may be at increased risk for marijuana use.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women and women contemplating pregnancy abstain from marijuana use to promote health during pregnancy and healthy child outcomes.  However, Dr. Brown says results from her study indicate that “marijuana use among reproductive-aged women, especially those who are pregnant, is an increasing public health problem, and calls into question prevention efforts among this population of women.”

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