It is widely accepted that overly aggressive and deceitful marketing tactics by the companies that make oxycodone, fentanyl and other opioids helped start the opioid crisis in the 1990s. Now, thousands of lawsuits at both the federal and state level have been filed to hold these companies to account.
I gave birth to the older of my two daughters while taking methadone to treat addiction to heroin. By the time I had my second daughter, I had switched to buprenorphine. I'm in a unique position to speak about my experiences with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and pregnancy due to my experiences with the two dominant medications used by pregnant women in recovery.