. . The number of gynecologists who can prescribe their patients a life-saving opioid addiction drug called buprenorphine is extremely small, accounting for less than two percent of those over 31, according to new analysis. 000 doctors examined across the country. This is particularly worrying given that the proportion of those expecting childbirth using prescription opioids has increased exponentially over the past few decades. The researchers' findings were published today in JAMA Network Open.