Reducing Stigma: Lessons from Opioid-Dependent Women

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Opioid use during pregnancy is increasing. Little is known from the maternal perspective about pregnancy and opioid dependence. This qualitative study was undertaken to examine the experiences of opioid-dependent women during their prenatal and early postpartum care. Within a stigma theoretical framework, a series of group interviews elicited the shared experiences of 20 self-identified postpartum women who used opioids during their pregnancy.
Themes developed around internal stigma of shame and guilt,
with the majority experiencing external stigma. Interventions
should involve stigma reduction strategies and increased support
for this vulnerable population.

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