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According to a new report, more women are dying from prescription painkiller overdoses than ever before that the CDC now considers it a growing health epidemic.

According to the CDC study, men are still more likely to die of overdoses but the number of women dying from prescription pain killers has increased 5 fold over the last ten years!!! This comes down to 5x’s more deaths in women than from cocaine and heroin combined. Additionally, only 12% of these deaths were suicides.

The rate of prescription drug overdose deaths of women increased 400% from 1999 to 2010, compared with an increase of 250% for men. More men die of prescription painkiller overdoses — about 23,000 in 2010, compared with 15,300 for women.

It was reported that women may be more prone to overdoses because they’re more likely to have chronic pain, be prescribed painkillers, have higher doses, and use them longer than men.

Drug Overdose Deaths