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.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Bangor Daily News.


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 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.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Natural Disasters Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Detroit fundraiser to benefit Nepal earthquake ... 4 hr guest 2
News A look at California's drought 5 hr the Fear tator 10
News Nelson woman in Nepal has flashbacks to Christc... 8 hr Mr Beastly 1
News The day my world was reduced to rubble: Eyewitness 13 hr 4500 gone 1
News Preparations fall short for Nepal earthquake 13 hr 4500 gone 1
News Mac on... Do Not Resuscitate orders and the upc... 13 hr 4500 gone 1
News Avalanche engulfing Everest camp on video 14 hr 4500 gone 1
More from around the web