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State Attorneys General Warn of Opioid Abuse by Pregnant Women

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On May 13, forty-three attorneys general from states and territories across the United States signed a letter warning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of increases in neonatal abstinence syndrome, or drug withdrawal symptoms experienced by babies when they are cut off from the opioid drugs ingested by their mothers. The attorneys general recommend that the FDA institute a “black box warning” for prescription opioid analgesics to help ensure that women of childbearing age – as well as their health care providers – are aware of the risks associated with narcotic use during pregnancy. The letter provides the following as possible content for the warning: “WARNING: USE OF NARCOTIC ANALGESICS IN PREGNANT WOMEN MAY CAUSE NEONATAL ABSTINENCE SYNDROME.”