Our second For Our Teens special aired at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 on Channel 13.
The special addressed two issues that are currently affecting the teenagers in our community: teen pregnancy and alcoholism and drug abuse.
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The show featured local experts and local teenagers who have faced this issues. The experts included Bonnie Sorenson from the Southern Nevada Health District; Dr. Timothy Sauter from Women's Resource Medical Center; Sandy Heverly with Stop DUI; and Dr. Shirley Linzy from the Adelson Clinic.
FACTS ABOUT TEEN PREGNANCY
-- Abuse of drugs during pregnancy is considered to be child abuse in Nevada.
-- The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy and birth rate of any industrialized country.
-- Less than one-third of teen mothers complete high school.
-- Pregnancy rate among African-American & Hispanic girls age 15 to 19 was significantly higher than that of white teen girls in same age group.
-- Nevada has the seventh-highest teenage pregnancy rate nationally.
-- 8 out of 10 teen dads don’t marry the mother of their child.
-- According to U.S. Health and Human Services, 1 in 3 girls will get pregnant before turning twenty.
-- Almost 750,000 young women aged 15–19 become pregnant each year.
-- Almost 50% of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives.
-- Annual public spending for births resulting from unplanned pregnancies in Nevada have totaled as high as $74 million.
-- Black teens have the highest pregnancy rate of all teens.
-- Nearly 8 in 10 teen pregnancies are unintended.
-- Children of teen parents have more health problems than children born to older parents
-- 80 percent of unmarried teen mothers end up on welfare.
-- Nearly 6% of 15–19-year-olds become pregnant each year.
-- Daughters of teen mothers are 22% more likely to become teen parents themselves.
-- 7% of pregnant teens receive no medical care.
-- It is estimated that 27% of Nevada females are at risk for becoming teen mothers.
-- The drop-out rate among pregnant teens is 90% across the United States.