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CDC Issues Warning for Women as Opioid Painkiller Use Increases

According to CBS News, the CDC has published a new report warning women against the dangers of using prescription painkillers and the birth risks associated with their use. The report found that a significant number of reproductive-aged women (ages 15 to 44) filled prescriptions for opioid painkillers each year between 2008 and 2012, a habit linked to serious birth defects such as spina bifida, gastroschisis, and congenital heart defects. The risk of having a child with birth defects is highest if the drugs are taken during the first few weeks of pregnancy when the babies organs are being formed. The study revealed that 39 percent of reproductive-aged women on Medicaid filled a prescription for opioids each year, as well as 28 percent of those with private insurance.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the CDC.