SAN ANTONIO -- New figures on teen pregnancy were releasedWednesday, and it's not looking good for Bexar County.
The teen pregnancy rate here is still nearly 81 percent higher than the national rate.
It isan especially big issue in the inner city.
Authorities say the problem is not only having a negative impact on high school graduation rates, but it is also draining $75 million from the local economy.
Without access to contraception, nine out of every ten sexually active couples is going to experience a pregnancy within a year, said Dr. Janet Realini, Health Futures of Texas.
Experts say in addition to providing access to contraception, the community needs to implement prevention campaigns and youth development programs to help put an end to the teen pregnancy problem.
May 4 is National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.