The Unfavorable Impression of Prenatal Opioid Use

The Unfavorable Impression of Prenatal Opioid Use

According to the latest estimates from the CDC, the variety of women opioid-related diagnoses documented on the time of supply has greater than doubled from 2010 to 2017. According to 2019 self-reported knowledge, about 7% of women reported use of prescription opioid ache relievers throughout being pregnant. Of these, 1 in 5 reported misuse of prescription opioids.  

The adverse penalties of prenatal opioid use in being pregnant, each for mom and toddler, are appreciable and represent a public health disaster. Maternal opioid use might result in elevated danger of issues for newborns together with untimely start, feeding difficulties, autonomic instability, neurologic impairment, respiratory misery, and extended stays within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The danger of issues is additional elevated by the truth that about 50% of women who abuse opioids use different medication or alcohol throughout being pregnant. This inhabitants can be extra more likely to be uncovered to different elements which can additionally negatively have an effect on being pregnant and neonatal outcomes, together with monetary adversity, meals and housing insecurity, intimate companion violence, and elevated charges of trauma and psychiatric sickness.  

In a complete overview (FULL TEXT out there), Corsi and Murphy overview the results of maternal opioid use on fertility, being pregnant, neonatal outcomes, breastfeeding, and developmental outcomes in older kids.   


Corsi DJ, Murphy MSQ.  The Effects of opioids on female fertility, pregnancy and the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad: A Review.  Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2021 May; 128(5):635-641.

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