According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Close to 50,000 women died of prescription painkiller overdoses between 1999 and 2010. Annual overdose fatalities of these rose over 400% during that time for women, compared to 265% among men.
There were more than 6,600 painkiller overdose deaths among women in 2010, compared to less than 1,300 in 1999. More men die each year from these drugs (over 10,000 now), but the increased rate among women appears to be additionally alarming.
The CDC detailed more information in a Vital Signs report. Such information includes that women between the ages of 25 and 54 are more likely than other age groups to go to the emergency department from prescription painkiller misuse or abuse, and those ages 45 to 54 have the highest risk of dying from a prescription painkiller overdose.
NBC quoted CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden as saying, “Stopping this epidemic in women — and in men — is everyone’s business. Doctors need to be cautious about prescribing and patients about using these drugs.”
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