Author: Rita Colorito

Rita Colorito

Rita Colorito specializes in covering health, safety, and caregiving for both people and pets. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications and media sites, including SELF, Costco Connection, Bankrate.com, Prevention.com, and Edmunds.com. A hockey/soccer mom, Rita lives outside Chicago with her husband, son, and three shelter cats.

Between 2009 and 2011, more than 14% of pregnant women took prescribed narcotic painkillers, also known as opioids, for pain at some point during their pregnancy, according to a recent study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Doctors prescribed opioids for back pain, abdominal pain, migraine, joint pain, and fibromyalgia, with hydrocodone, codeine, oxycodone, and propoxyphene among those opioids most commonly prescribed. Lower doses of opioids might also be found in prescription cough medicines, so always read the label. As in the general U.S. population, a major concern of taking any opioid is addiction and overdose. The number of…

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