Meth, Opioid Use in Pregnancy on the Rise
THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Methamphetamine and opioid use has soared among pregnant American women, putting the health of baby and mother at risk, a new study finds.
While addiction among pregnant women has dramatically increased across the country, it disproportionally affects women living in rural America, where access to addiction treatment and prenatal care is limited, the researchers added.
“Use of both substances represents worsening public health crises,” said lead researcher Dr. Lindsay Admon, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Although government efforts to curb methamphetamine use have been effective in the past, its use has spiked once more, she said.
Some data suggests that stopping amphetamine use in pregnancy can improve outcomes, Admon said. “But as clinicians, we need clear guidance on how to best promote cessation among pregnant patients with amphetamine use disorders.”
Moreover, doctors need ways to guide patients to treatment services, particularly in rural areas where obstetric and addiction treatment services may be harder to access. In addition, addicted women may not tell their doctors about their drug use for fear of the legal consequences, Admon noted……..
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