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Comparison of postpartum opioid prescriptions before vs during pandemic

JAMA Network Open

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JAMA Network

About The Study: In this study of 460,000 privately insured postpartum women, patients who gave birth to a single, live newborn after March 2020 were more likely to fill more potent and more frequent opioid prescriptions than patients who gave birth prior to March 2020. Increases were larger for patients delivering via cesarean birth than those delivering vaginally. Increases in opioid prescriptions may be associated with increased risk of opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and opioid-related overdose among postpartum women. 

Authors: Shelby R. Steuart, M.P.A., of the University of Georgia in Athens, is the corresponding author. 

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