Thursday, January 22, 2015

Opioids in Women of Childbearing Age

In today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC released the paper "Opioid Prescription Claims Among Women of Reproductive Age--United States, 2008-2012," which discusses opioid use in women ages 15-44. The paper noted that in this age group between 2008 and 2012, more than one-third of women on Medicaid and more than one-quarter of privately-insured women filled a prescription for an opioid each year, and that targeted interventions are needed to reduce unnecessary opioid use in women who may become pregnant. For information on what states can do to prevent adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes related to opioid use, such as neonatal abstinence syndrome, please see ASTHO's Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome report.