Opioid Use During Pregnancy

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Opioid use during pregnancy can affect people and their babies. Pregnant people may use opioids as prescribed, may misuse prescription opioids, or may use illicit opioids such as heroin. It is important for people to be aware of the possible risks of opioid use during pregnancy, as well as treatment options including medications for opioid use disorder.

Opioids may also be used in combination with other substances. Use of more than one substance, also called polysubstance use, during pregnancy is common. Though the effects of polysubstance use on a developing baby are not well known, substance use during pregnancy can have various effects on a developing baby.