Opioid Painkillers Widely Prescribed Among Reproductive Age Women

January 22, 2015 7:40 PM

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Atlanta, GA--(ENEWSPF)--January 22, 2015. More than a third of reproductive-aged women enrolled in Medicaid, and more than a quarter of those with private insurance, filled a prescription for an opioid pain medication each year during 2008-2012, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Opioids are typically prescribed by health care providers to treat moderate to severe pain. They are also found in some prescription cough medications. The most commonly prescribed opioids among both groups of women were hydrocodone, codeine and oxycodone.

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