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Pregnancy & Opioids

The number of women giving birth while addicted to opioids has more than quadrupled in the past 15 years, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's an alarming trend that underscores the depth of the opioid crisis in America, and the toll it's taking on moms and babies.

Back in 1999, only 1.5 out of every 1,000 women delivering babies in the U.S. suffered from an opioid addiction.

In 2014, the most recent year data is available, the number rose to 6.5 out of every 1,000 women, the report found.

Some states have much higher opioid addiction rates among women giving birth than others. According to the report:

  • Vermont had the highest rate (almost 49 women per 1,000 deliveries)
  • District of Columbia had the lowest (0.7 women per 1,000)
  • Rates increased fastest over the study period in Maine, New Mexico, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Opioid use in pregnancy is risky. Untreated opioid addiction has been tied to miscarriage, stillbirth, placental abruption, birth defects, preterm birth, low birthweight, and fetal growth restriction.


It's important to get help if you think you have an opioid addiction because it's not safe to stop taking opioids abruptly during pregnancy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – ACOG – recommends that you get into a treatment program to help you transition to a less dangerous form of medication. 

If you are currently thinking about trying to conceive, call us to start your opiate detox process now before you become pregnant. 

If you are currently pregnant and on opiates, suboxone, or methadone, please contact our inpatient sister company, Scottsdale Detox, to learn more about your treatment options.

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