More than one-fourth of privately-insured, and one-third of Medicaid-enrolled women of childbearing age filled prescriptions for opioid-based (narcotic) painkillers between 2008 and 20121. OBGYNs provide a substantial amount of care to women of childbearing age. They contribute to opioid prescribing and are in the position to identify and offer treatment for women suffering from chronic pain or addiction.

Obstetrical providers, clinical staff, and healthcare organization leaders are invited to join this Advisor Live® conversation at 2 p.m. ET on May 20, 2015. The objectives of the webinar are:

  • To review the impact of opioid prescribing to women
  • To provide tools OBGYNs can use for screening for opioid abuse
  • To provide an approach to the pregnant woman using opioids for chronic pain
  • To review treatment options and outcomes of opioid dependence in pregnancy, including neonatal abstinence


Dr. Meyer Marjorie Meyer, MD, maternal fetal medicine, associate professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
Dr. Wright Tricia Wright, MD, MS, FACOG, Diplomate ABAM, assistant professor, department of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii
Deb Kilday Deb Kilday, MSN, RN, senior performance partner, Premier Inc.

This event is open to the public.

 1U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015, January). Opioid painkillers widely prescribed among reproductive age women. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 64(02);37-41.


Advisor Live webinar

What providers should know about maternal opioid use and abuse