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Drug Deaths Soar for Middle-Aged Women

Drug Deaths Soar for Middle-Aged Women

(NEWSER– Prescription painkillers are fast becoming a serious health menace to women, says the CDC. Some highlights from a new study, as noted by the Boston Globe,USA Today, the New York Times, and AP:

  • Eighteen women a day die from a prescription drug overdose.
  • Overall, men are still more likely to die from such overdoses—23,000 vs. 15,300 in 2010—but women are catching up. The rate of fatal overdoses among women rose about fivefold between 1999 and 2010, while the rate among men tripled.

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