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Offline larsonstdoc

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Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:04:13 am »
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20130702/DA79JR303.html

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ATLANTA (AP) - Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday.
"Mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are dying at rates that we have never seen before," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which compiled the data.
The problem is one of the few health issues the CDC is working on that are clearly getting worse, he added.
For many decades, the overwhelming majority of U.S. overdose deaths were men killed by heroin or cocaine. But by 2010, 40 percent were women - most of them middle-aged women who took prescription painkillers.
Skyrocketing female overdose death rates are closely tied to a boom in the overall use of prescribed painkillers. The new report is the CDC's first to spotlight how the death trend has been more dramatic among women.
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Re: Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 11:22:43 am »
It's Men AND Women - the women are just catching up to the death rate of men...

http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/rxbrief/


Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher.

In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses, and most of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs.4
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The misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers was responsible for more than 475,000 emergency department visits in 2009, a number that nearly doubled in just five years.6

More than 12 million people reported using prescription painkillers non-medically in 2010, that is, using them without a prescription or for the feeling they cause.
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In 2010, 2 million people reported using prescription painkillers nonmedically for the first time within the last year—nearly 5,500 a day
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People on Medicaid are prescribed painkillers at twice the rate of non-Medicaid patients and are at six times the risk of prescription painkillers overdose.20,21 One Washington State study found that 45% of people who died from prescription painkiller overdoses were Medicaid enrollees

http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/PainkillerOverdoses/index.html
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Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month.

[ So that means 1/12 of the population have prescriptions ! -
let's see 1/12 of 200-220 million adult population of US - that's about 16-18 Million !!! ]



SOURCES: National Vital Statistics System, 1999-2008; Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 1999-2010; Treatment Episode Data Set, 1999-2009
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