“A new report using combined data from a series of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) data sets examines the misuse of opioids among women of childbearing age. At the same time a new report to Congress outlines proposals for helping reduce the risk that this national problem may pose to pregnant women and infants.
The new statistical report found pregnant women (ages 15 to 44 years) were less likely than non-pregnant women of the same age to have used opioids in the past month (0.9 versus 2.6 percent) for non-medical reasons.
Nevertheless, these findings show that an estimated average of about 21,000 pregnant women aged 15 to 44 non-medically used opioids in the past month. The frequency of opioid use varied significantly depending upon maternal age. The percentage of pregnant women using opioid during the month prior to the survey was three folds higher for pregnant women 18 to 25 years old and four folds higher for pregnant women 15 to 17 years old, compared to those aged 18-25 years (1.5 and 2.8 respectively compared to 0.5 percent).”
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – January 17, 2017