Study shows racial inequities in newborn drug testing

Newborn drug testing incidence over time, by birthing parent race and ethnicity. Newborn drug testing incidence was significantly higher for Black newborns compared with White and Asian newborns in all years, newborns in the combined group (those self-reporting as American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and other race) for all years except 2014 and 2019, and Hispanic newborns in all years except 2014. Testing prevalence was significantly higher for White newborns compared with Asian newborns in all years, the combined group in 2020, multiracial newborns in 2014 and 2015, and Hispanic newborns in 2015. Multiracial includes patients self-reporting as 2 or more race options. Hispanic includes patients self-reporting as Hispanic ethnicity, regardless of race selection. Credit: JAMA Network Open (2023). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.2058

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