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Opioids: Treatment rates high for pregnant women

Opioids: Treatment rates high for pregnant women

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 48 out of every 1,000 women who come into a hospital to give birth in Vermont has opioids in their system.

The study, “Opioid Use Disorder Documented at Delivery Hospitalization” collected data from 28 states from 1999 to 2014, during which national rates of opioid use disorder increased 333 percent.

The study also showed Maine, New Mexico, West Virginia and Vermont showed the highest average annual rate increases ranging from 2.5 to 5.4 opioid-use disorder diagnoses for every 1,000 delivery hospitalizations every year.

Vermont’s rate of 48.6 women with opioid diagnoses per 1,000 arriving at hospitals for childbirth was the highest of the 28 states studied.