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Opioid Use in Pregnancy

Killion, Molly M. MS, RN, CNS

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 6 - p 360
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000387
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

In the last 10 years, opioid use has quadrupled in the United States, including increased use in pregnancy, leading to a fivefold increase neonatal abstinence syndrome. Findings of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development workshop of experts to evaluate opioid use in pregnancy and related neonatal and childhood effects were published in July 2017. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, reviews the workshop recommendations.

Molly M. Killion is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Birth Center, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco, CA. She can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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