Opioid Prescriptions May Put Unborn Children at Risk, CDC Warns

January 22, 2015 6:17 PM

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Opioid Prescriptions May Put Unborn Children at Risk, CDC Warns

Many women in the United States who are in their childbearing years are prescribed opioid pain relievers, powerful medications that can cause birth defects, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed prescriptions for opioid pain medications among U.S. women ages 15 to 44 between 2008 and 2012. They found that each year, about a quarter of women (27.7 percent) who had private insurance, and nearly 40 percent of women on Medicaid, filed a prescription for an opioid pain medic...

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