Pregnant women’s use of opioids is on the rise

Early screening could prevent pregnancy complications and health problems for babies

a photo of a pregnant stomach with some pills

PREGNANCY AND PILLS Pregnant women haven’t escaped the opioid crisis, the CDC reports. In 28 U.S. states, the rate of women using opioids such as oxycodone, shown in the background of this composite image, close to childbirth has risen sharply since 1999.

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