Study: Prescription Painkiller Overdose Deaths in Women Spike 400% in 10 Years

The percentage increase in deaths due to a prescription painkiller overdose in women was 400 percent between 1999 and 2010, according to a Vital Signs report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prescription painkiller overdoses killed nearly 48,000 women between 1999 and 2010.

Key findings of the report were:  

•    About 42 women die every day from a drug overdose, and more than 940,000 women were seen in emergency departments for drug misuse or abuse in 2010.
•    In 2010, more than 6,600 women died from a prescription painkiller overdose.
•    In 2010, there were more than 200,000 ED visits for opioid misuse or abuse among women

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