ACOG releases statement on opioid use during pregnancy

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The CDC has recently published guidelines for opioid use in chronic pain to address the growing concerns surrounding risks and safety of chronic opioid use. These concerns include opioid use disorder, overdose, and death. The use of opioids is common in pregnancy due to chronic and acute pain and the need for pain medications following delivery. ACOG asserts that there are times during pregnancy and the postpartum period when the use of opioids is appropriate, and they expressed concern that the CDC's patient education communications may overstate the risk and result in women being discouraged from appropriate use during pregnancy.

Of particular concern to ...