Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers

“Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers.” By Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times.

Prescription pain pill addiction was originally seen as a man’s problem, a national epidemic that began among workers doing backbreaking labor in the coal mines and factories of Appalachia. But a new analysis of federal data has found that deaths in recent years have been rising far faster among women, quintupling since 1999.

More women now die of overdoses from pain pills like OxyContin than from cervical cancer or homicide. And though more men are dying, women are catching up, according to the analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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