This podcast is based on the July 2013 CDC Vital Signs report. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem among women. This program includes things that women and health care providers can do to reduce the risk of overdose. Created: 7/2/2013 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Date Released: 7/2/2013. Series Name: CDC Vital Minute.
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s an increasingly common story. A woman found in her home, dead of a prescription drug overdose. It happens about 18 times a day in the U.S. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem among women.
Health care providers should:
• Recognize that women can be at risk of prescription drug overdose and follow guidelines for opioid prescribing.
• Screen and monitor for substance abuse and mental health problems.
• Prescribe only the quantity of painkillers needed, based on the pain diagnosis.
• And use patient-provider agreements and urine drug tests for people on prescription painkillers for a long time.
Women are advised to take medicines only as prescribed and not sell or share them with others. They must be stored in a secure place and disposed of properly.
If you need help for a substance abuse problem, call 1-800-662-HELP.