De­crease in drug use by preg­nant women

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The num­ber of Ren­frew­shire moth­ers who took drugs while preg­nant fell by nearly two thirds be­tween 2009 and 2017, fig­ures have shown.

Of the 5091 births in Ren­frew­shire be­tween 2015 and 2017, just 34 moth­ers-tobe were found to have taken drugs, com­pared to 112 out of 5, 599 births in a three-year ag­gre­gate of 2009-12.

The num­ber of ba­bies af­fected by moth­ers tak­ing drugs while preg­nant fell by 25 per cent be­tween 2008 and 2015.

NHS Scot­land’s Births in Scot­tish Hos­pi­tals re­port also showed that across Scot­land, while the num­ber of births has re­mained steady, at 52,927 for the year up to March 2017, the num­ber of preg­nant women who smoked was half of what it was in 2000.

An NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde spokesman said: “The de­crease in the num­ber of ba­bies be­ing born to moth­ers mis­us­ing drugs is en­cour­ag­ing.

“Im­proved ac­cess to ad­dic­tion ser­vices in Ren­frew­shire has led to more pre­ven­ta­tive ap­proaches and the early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of preg­nant moth­ers.”

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