Opioid Pain Use During Pregnancy Increases Risk Of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

April 13, 2015 7:51 PM

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A team of researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center studied neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) among infants following birth. The study examined just how commonly pregnant women are being prescribed opioids, otherwise known as narcotic pain relievers that can increase the likelihood of NAS.

The study authors looked at three years of data from TennCare, Tennessee's Medicaid program, and assessed records for 111,029 pregnant mothers. Findings showed that an estimated 28 percent of the women, or 31,354 were prescribed and filled at least one opioid pain reliever. Sixty-five percent of the...

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