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Opioid Use By Young Women Spurs Birth Defect Concerns

Federal health officials say nearly one-third of women who might get pregnant are getting opioid painkiller prescriptions such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, even though such prescriptions carry birth defect big risks.

The Washington Post: On Painkillers And Thinking About Getting Pregnant? Better Talk To Your Doctor.
More than one-fourth of women who might become pregnant are getting prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, that can cause birth defects and other serious problems early in pregnancy, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These common opioid medications are typically prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, and they can also be found in some prescription cough medicines. But taking them early in pregnancy is dangerous. (Sun, 1/22)

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