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CDC Report Shows Concerning Trends in Opioid Use Among Pregnant Women

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Given what we now know about the dangers of opioid abuse and the resulting need for caution and diligence when prescribing this class of drugs to any patient, new data on the use of prescription opioid pain relievers during pregnancy are alarming on multiple levels.

The research examined self-reported survey results collected from the CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) from 32 U.S. jurisdictions and non-PRAMS surveys from an additional two jurisdictions over a four- to five-month period in 2019 (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69[28]:897-903).

“We expected [the data] to add ...