Opioid pain medications are widely prescribed among women of childbearing age, which is a “significant public health concern,” federal health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

A new report published in the January 23 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) shows that roughly one fourth of privately insured women aged 15 to 44 years and about one third of their counterparts insured by Medicaid filled a prescription for an opioid each year during 2008 to 2012.

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