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Opioid Prescribing Patterns Among Postpartum Women

Badreldin, N.; Grobman, W.A.; Chang, K.T.; Yee, L.M.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: June 2019 - Volume 39 - Issue 2 - p 59–60
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000557640.58769.a3
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(Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018;219:103.e1–103.e8)

The United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic, which is thought to be caused in part by an increase in opioid prescriptions. There is a lack of data regarding opioid prescriptions after vaginal delivery. This study examined patterns of opioid prescription at the time of discharge for women delivering via cesarean section or vaginally, and related those patterns to measures of pain before discharge.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

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