2022-11-25 14:01:00

About 1 in 35 U.S. Pregnancies Exposed to Opioids

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By Health Day

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) Researchers have found that nearly 3% of pregnancies in the United States were exposed to addictive opioid drugs.

The finding stems from an analysis of data from 21,905 pregnant women in what's dubbed the ECHO program (Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes), a federally funded effort to investigate the effects of early life exposures on several key areas of child health.

The new study found opioid use in pregnancy was more prevalent in white individuals. It was also more common in women with a history of depression and multiple substance use.

Most of the prenatal opioid use was connected to a prescription drug.

Previous studies have not adequately described people in the U.S. who use opioids during pregnancy, a fact that has limited the efficacy of past public health interventions, said study leader Ruby Nguyen, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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