Pregnant women are warned against use of opioid to manage pain

April 14, 2015 1:17 AM

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A new study warns pregnant women about the use of opioid to manage pain. According to the researchers, such narcotic pain relievers can elevate risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) among infants after birth.

For their study, the researchers analyzed data from 111,029 pregnant mothers. The record came from TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. Based in their analysis it showed that 28% or 31,354 of the said pregnant women were prescribed opioids for pain. 65% of these mothers also filled there prescrip...

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