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Four Things to Consider When Prescribing Opioids to Women of Reproductive Age

CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published a study in January 2015, where researchers found that during 2008–2012, on average, 28% of women aged 15-44 years with private health insurance and 39% of women with Medicaid filled a prescription written by a healthcare provider for an opioid medication. This is important information for healthcare providers, pharmacists, and women, because taking these medications early in pregnancy, often before women know they are pregnant, can increase the risk for some birth defects and other poor pregnancy outcomes (such as preterm birth or low birth weight). In this video, CDC Pharmacist/Epidemiologist Jennifer N. Lind, PharmD, MPH addresses the Four Things to Consider When Prescribing Opioids to Women of Reproductive Age. Please visit the CDC’s Treating for Two Initiative that is aimed at providing better information to women and their healthcare providers about medication use during pregnancy. www.cdc.gov/treatingfortwo

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