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Overdosing on painkillers, rise in deaths among women


POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 6:01pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 6:25pm

There's a concern of why more women are overdosing on painkillers.

Whether it's intentional or unintentional it's a growing problem, data shows there's a rise in deaths.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports, 18 women die every day from prescription painkiller overdoses like Oxycontin, and nearly 48,000 women died between 1999 and 2010 a sharp increase from men.

Pharmacist Chuck Eubanks tells us, women become addicted at a faster rate than men.

"They experience pain at a high level then men do so they tend to take more medication for a longer period of time," says Eubanks, Pharmacist, Tyler RX Pharmacy.

"I would assume that one's doctor eventually says no I'm not giving you anymore of this because they know it's addictive," says Susan Cason-Parks, Licensed Therapist.

Information from the CDC shows for every woman who dies of an overdose, 30 go to the emergency department for misuse or abuse.

Experts say, more women are becoming overwhelmed by responsibilities.

"It would be a person's best interest especially a busy mother and wife and professional all wrapped up into one to let her primary care physician know what's going on," says Parks.


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