The Opioid Epidemic: A Program for Pregnant Women Coping with Addiction

This is the first post in a blog series entitled “The Opioid Epidemic,” a collaboration between UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences highlighting the doctors, researchers and nurses making significant efforts to reduce diversion and misuse of prescription opioids. For more information about the series or resources to help with drug addiction, click here.    

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the nation are facing an increasing number of pregnant women struggling with an opioid addiction.

In 2014, Magee, in collaboration with three local insurance companies and the Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health, addressed this growing epidemic by opening a comprehensive Pregnancy Recovery Center to provide concurrent treatment for opiate use disorders and prenatal care and delivery.

Current staff and patients who have gone through the program share their thoughts on the Pregnancy Recovery Center.