November 30, 2018

Study: Rise in Meth and Opioid Use During Pregnancy

Rate of amphetamine and opioid use increased more among delivering moms in rural counties

Faculty member Lindsay Admon, MD, MSc is lead author on a new article coming out in the American Journal of Public Health discussing how amphetamine and opioid use in pregnancy has increased substantially over the last decade in the United States. The study confirms the rise in meth use among pregnant women and provides new data illustrating the scope of the problem. The research, which analyzed hospital discharge records between 2004 and 2015, found that as opioid use among pregnant women has grown in recent years, so has their use of amphetamines, and particularly methamphetamine.  The study has been quoted by many major news outlets: