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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that since 1999, the rate of prescription drug overdose deaths of women has quintupled. More women are now dying of prescription painkiller pills like OxyContin and Vicodin than from cervical cancer or homicide.

Women are gaining on men in the number of deaths from prescription drug abuse. According to Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers, in 2010, 6,631 women died of opioid overdoses compared to 10,020 men. Women in their 20s and 30s have the highest rates of abusing painkillers. However, the overdose death rate was highest among women ages 45 to 54.

The study offered several possible reasons for the incres in women deaths due to painkiller abuse. Women are more likely than men to be prescribed pain drugs, to use them chronically and to get prescriptions for higher doses. A woman typically also has less body mass than a man, making it easier to overdose.

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