Opioid painkillers increase risk of birth defects

Use of opioid painkillers during pregnancy increases the risk of certain birth defects, shows new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to this article from the LA Times, use of drugs such as OxyContin doubles the risk of congenital heart defects, which is already the primary birth defect leading to infant death in the U.S. Other increased risks include gastrointestinal, spine and brain defects.

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Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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