CDC Report Cites Skyrocketing Painkiller Overdose Deaths Among Women

cdcvitalsignsAccording 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.”

For more information about the dangers of prescription painkillers or for help finding a treatment center, contact Family First Intervention today.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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