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Teenage pregnancy rates hit record low

As any parent will tell you, raising a teenager can be tough these days. Just look at the headlines: Teen drug and alcohol use is up, the number of teenagers in abusive relationships is staggering and all while high school graduation rates continue to fall. It can be a lot for parents and kids to deal with, but thankfully there is some good news out there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a report showing teen pregnancy has dropped significantly in the past decade– down 37 percent from 1991– the lowest rates on record since the Center started collecting pregnancy data 70 years ago. It’s a step in the right direction, but Sonia Chalfin, RN, PNP of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Young Parents Program (YPP), says there’s still much work to be done to educate young people about the possible repercussions of sex because approximately 1,100 girls between the ages of 15-19 become mothers every day in this country.

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