Prescription Painkiller Deaths Quickly Rising Among US Women

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357799-medicineIn recent years there has been an increase on painkiller related deaths for women.  The CDC says 48,000 women died from prescription painkiller overdoses from 1999 to 2010. It says overdose deaths among women have increased 400 percent since 1999, compared to 265 percent among men.  The gap is recently closing in between men and women that die from painkiller overdoses.  What could be the underlined problem with prescribed pain  medication for women?  Have they not received enough information on how to take these medications.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging health care providers to recognized that women are more at risk of painkiller overdose when prescribing the medicines.

The painkillers included in the CDC report include common opioid or narcotic pain relievers, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone and methadone.

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