Minnesota Department of Health, Family Health Division, MCH-FAS Prevention. 2004. Women and substance abuse in the childbearing years: A prevention primer. Mounds View, MN: Minnesota Prevention Resource Center, 155 pp.
Annotation: This primer promotes public education to all Minnesotans who need to know that: (1) there is no known safe time to use any type or amount of alcohol during pregnancy, and (2) alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs have immediate and long-term effects on women's and children's health. The primer provides information, educational resources, and tools in various formats about women's substance abuse, addiction, and its consequences; risk factors associated with women's substance use including sexual and domestic abuse, depression, and other mental health issues; and how to engage a wide range of community members to take action in helping women who abuse substances, particularly during pregnancy. Resources include books, brochures, pamphlets, and other print media; counseling and information phone lines; curricula; Internet resources; prevention planning and resource guides; reports; resource centers; services for children and families, as well as women; and videos for purchase or loan. Resources are identified throughout the primer for African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American cultures and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, in addition to general audiences. Appendices include information on selecting and pre-testing educational materials; selecting health information on the Web; community prevention strategies; effective strategies to reduce drinking during pregnancy; facts about women who drink during pregnancy; substance use and the harm to women and children; recognizing and treating alcohol abuse and alcoholism; and a calendar of community events and national health observances. References conclude the primer.
Contact: Minnesota Prevention Resource Center, 38460 Lincoln Trail, Box 549, North Branch, MN 55056, Telephone: (651) 674-4085 Secondary Telephone: (877) 935-4426 Fax: (651) 277-4085 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: http://www.emprc.org/ $10.00 in-state; $12.00 out of state .
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