Despite birth defect risks, many women receive strong pain drugs

January 22, 2015 6:07 PM

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A government report found that a significant number of U.S. women who are of reproductive age have been prescribed opioid pain medication, which are known to cause birth defects.

Doctors prescribed opioid drugs, such as hydrocodone, codeine and oxycodone, to more than one-third of women who are Medicaid recipients and over one-quarter of women who are covered by private health insurance between 2008 and 2012, according to a report released today from the Centers for Disease ...

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