CDC Warns About Pregnant Women Using Opioid Painkillers

January 23, 2015 8:06 AM

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According to a report released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25% women of child bearing age are getting prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, that can cause birth defects and other serious complications early in pregnancy.

Typically, these common opioid medications are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and they are also found in some prescription cough medicines. Taking them early in pregnancy is dangerous. “They’re deadly, they’re addictive and they cause birth defects,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said.

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