In 2010, over 6600 women died from overdosing on pain killers. This podcast discusses struggling with pain killers. Created: 7/4/2013 by MMWR.
Date Released: 7/4/2013. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Dying for Pain Relief
Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers and Other Drugs Among
Women – United States, 1999-2010
Recorded: July 2, 2013; posted: July 4, 2013
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It’s an increasingly common story: a woman found dead from a prescription pain killer overdose. Men are more likely to die from an overdose, however, in the past decade, deaths have skyrocketed among women. In 2010, over 6600 women died from overdosing on these drugs. One reason is that women are more likely to have chronic pain than men, so they’re prescribed pain killers more often and in higher doses.
If someone you know is struggling with prescription pain killers, encourage them to contact a health care provider or call 1-800-662-HELP.
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