Women Overdosing Painkiller Drugs

As per a medical report, it has been unveiled that women are overdosing prescription painkillers. Painkillers overdose has led to a number of deaths.

There is no doubt that men have also been overdosing painkillers. But women are one step ahead of them. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated some hard hitting facts that a rise of more than 400% has been witnessed in the deaths that have taken place due to painkiller overdose.

On the other hand, 265% rise has been witnessed in the death toll among men from 1999 to 2010. CDC director Tom Frieden said that it is quite concerning to know that prescription painkiller overdose has been taking place among women.

"The prescription painkiller problem affects women in different ways than men and all health care providers treating women should be aware of this", said Linda Degutis, Director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Degutis was of the view that there are ways by which overdosing from prescription painkillers can be stopped. They continued by affirming that health care providers can come up with alternate ways by which safe and effective pain treatment can be provided. Moreover, doctors should not prescribe many painkillers.