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Pregnant women's use of opioids is on the rise


Added 08-09-18 04:16:02pm EST - “The rate of opioid use during pregnancy more than quadrupled in 28 U.S. states, prompting physicians to call for increased screening.” - Sciencenews.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Sciencenews.org: “Pregnant women’s use of opioids is on the rise”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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PREGNANCY AND PILLS Pregnant women haven’t escaped the opioid crisis, the CDC reports. In 28 U.S. states, the rate of women using opioids such as oxycodone, shown in the background of this composite image, close to childbirth has risen sharply since 1999.

Data on hospital deliveries in 28 U.S. states shows the rate of opioid use among pregnant women has quadrupled, from 1.5 per 1,000 women in 1999 to 6.5 per 1,000 women in 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The highest increases in opioid use among pregnant women were in Maine, New Mexico, Vermont and West Virginia, according to the CDC study, published online August 9 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

“This analysis is a stark reminder that the U.S. opioid crisis is taking a tremendous toll on families,” says coauthor Jean Ko, a CDC epidemiologist in Atlanta.

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