Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Rise in Opioid Addiction Among Pregnant Women

Opioid addiction has lead to devastating consequences for many American families and this includes pregnant women. 

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at labor and delivery more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. The rate increased from 1.5 per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations in 1999 to 6.5 in 2014. 

It’s “a significant public health concern,” the report said. This is because opioid addiction can lead to devastating health consequences for both mothers and babies, including 
  • Maternal death
  • Preterm birth
  • Stillbirth
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
Last year, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published an article which stated that women with opioid use disorder often "suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions, particularly depression, history of trauma, post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.”

For the study, researchers analyzed information on women in 28 states. California and Hawaii were the lowest while Maine, New Mexico, Vermont and West Virginia had the largest increase. Still, even in states with small annual increases, there was a rise in women presenting with OUD at labor and delivery.  

"Untreated opioid use disorder during pregnancy can lead to heartbreaking results. Each case represents a mother, a child, and a family in need of continued treatment and support," CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, said in a statement.

The CDC is calling for “state-level action,” including an increased effort from healthcare providers to identify, monitor and treat women with OUD during pregnancy. 

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