Prescription drug overdose deaths skyrocket among women

There are 1 comment on the Jul 2, 2013, Bangor Daily News story titled Prescription drug overdose deaths skyrocket among women. In it, Bangor Daily News reports that:

American women are overdosing from prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin at an alarmingly high rate, with five times as many women dying from them in 2010 compared with 1999, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.

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Ellen

Austell, GA

#1 Jul 2, 2013
There has been an increasing percentage of women (and men) committing suicide in the last five years (40 to 50%).

Women usually overdose as opposed to using guns or hanging. Oxy can cause respiratory paralysis, anoxia stops the heart...death ensues.

The old medications weren't as potent. Also the incidence of people with chronic pain is a large part of the population now. Women are told they have "fibromyalgia" or "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" ...sort of umbrella terms that don't offer much in the way of causation or treatment.

My husband died last year...I have had severe chronic pain for 45 years. As soon as my service dog leaves this earth...I will be close behind. No family...no job...not worth living as doctors are TERRIFIED about prescribing opiates. And this report will just make it that much harder to get appropriate narcotics. I am not the only woman who feels this way. The medical community is WAY behind in treating pain.

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