Nationwide, the rate of opioid use disorder among women delivering babies more than quadrupled over the 15-year period ending in 2014, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Use of opioid drugs, whether heroin or prescription painkillers, during pregnancy harms the health of both mother and child and can lead to stillbirth, preterm labor, neonatal abstinence syndrome and, in some cases, death of the mother.
“More and more women are presenting with opioid use disorder at labor and delivery,” Dr. Wanda Barfield, director of the CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health, said in a statement. She added that the data included in the new report can provide a “solid foundation for developing and tailoring prevention and treatment efforts.”
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