Women are dying of overdoses at alarming rates says the Centers for Disease and Prevention. A growing epidemic, the number of deaths from prescription drugs has increased 400% from 1999 to 2010 compared to 265% among men, says a recently released CDC analysis.
It seems that doctors are prescribing deadly pain medications with horrific consequences. Women appear to be using drugs in higher strengths and for longer periods of time. Nearly 48,000 women died of prescription painkiller overdoses between 1999 and 2010.
For every woman who dies of a prescription painkiller overdose, 30 go to the emergency department for painkiller misuse or abuse.
About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the US, more than 6,600 deaths in 2010. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem for women.
The stats are pretty scary. Non-Hispanic white and American Indian or Alaska Native women, ages 45- 54 have the highest risk of dying from a prescription painkiller overdose, and prescription painkillers are involved in 1 in 10 suicides among women.