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Pregnant And Addicted: The Tough Road To Family Health

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Amanda Hensley holds 3-month-old Valencia. (Photo by Sarah Jane Tribble)

Amanda Hensley started abusing prescription painkillers when she was just a teenager. For years, she managed to function and hold down jobs. She even quit opioids for a while when she was pregnant with her now 4-year-old son. But she relapsed.

Hensley says she preferred drugs like Percocet and morphine, but opted for heroin when she was short on cash.

By the time she discovered she was pregnant last year, she couldn’t quit.

“It was just one thing after another, you know — I was sick with morning sickness or sick from using,” Hensley says.

Listen to the story on NPR.

Also available at Kaiser Health News.

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