More doctors prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women

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April 15th, 2014

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Martha Werler, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

More doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women, the New York Times reported. In a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, data revealed that of the 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid nationwide, nearly 23 percent filled a prescription for opioids in 2007, compared to 18.5 percent in 2000…

Expert quote:

“Opioid use in very early pregnancy is associated with an approximate doubling the risk of neural tube defects.”

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