An article in the October 1991 Pediatric Annals calls on pediatricians to join in a public health effort to prevent substance abuse in pregnancy, rather than continuing the later effort on behalf of drug-exposed infants and their families.

U.S. pediatricians face the reality of approximately 375,000 drug-exposed newborns annually, even though pediatricians have historically received little formal training in alcohol, drug abuse and chemical dependency, in their medical training, the author states. Even at the continuing medical education level, little time is devoted to substance abuse education, as a result of lack of time, qualified instructors and perceived lack of patients with substance abuse-related problems, the researchers state.

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