A recent report by a task force created by the Texas Department of State Health discovered the following relationship between opioid addiction and deaths during or shortly after childbirth in the state of Texas:
- “Review of actual case records (including postmortem toxicology and police reports) showed that the majority of these maternal deaths involved licit or illicit prescription opioids.”
- The leading causes of maternal death are “cardiac events, overdose by licit or illicit prescription drugs, and hypertensive disorders.”
- From 2008 to 2012, rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome “have steadily increased during this time period, which suggests that more pregnant women are using opioids.”
In the 48 states besides California and Texas (which were analyzed separately), the maternal mortality rate increased by more than 26 percent from 2008 to 2014, the study reported.
Read more at: http://www.attn.com/stories/11195/opioids-contribute-high-maternal-death-rate-america
Source: ATTN.com – September 6, 2016