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Overdose deaths rose among pregnant people, postpartum parents

November 22, 2023
Martha Bebinger

Overdose deaths during pregnancy and in the months after childbirth rose between 2018 and 2021 as the number of Americans who died while using drugs reached record highs, according to a new study.

Some of the most dramatic increases were among Native American and Alaskan Natives and women aged 35 to 44. Deaths within two to 12 months after giving birth nearly doubled for drug users.

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