Open Letter to the Media Regarding Reporting on Prescription Opioid Use By Pregnant Women

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A substantial increase has been noted in the number of pregnant women and newborns who test positive for illegal as well as legal opioids, including those utilized as prescribed as well as those misused and/or diverted. A great deal of experience has been gained over the course of almost 50 years regarding the effects of prenatal opioid exposure on expectant mothers and their babies, and guidelines have been established for optimal care of both. And yet, reporting in the popular media continues to be overwhelmingly inaccurate, alarmist and decidedly harmful to the health and well-being of pregnant women, their children, and their communities.

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