Surge in Prescriptions for Opioid Painkillers for Pregnant Women

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April 14th, 2014

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Martha Werler, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, despite the fact that risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown…

Expert quote:

“Opioid use in very early pregnancy is associated with an approximate doubling the risk of neural tube defects. About half of pregnancies are not planned, so that’s a big chunk of women who may not be thinking about possible risks associated with their behavior.”

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