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Your Health: June 4, 2013 Prescription drugs abuse and overdoses rise among women

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       Some disturbing news about women and prescription medications.
      The annual death rate for women from drug overdoses now surpasses that of car crash deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
      A new study from the CDC estimates that 42 women in the United States die each day from prescription drug overdoses.
     The new report shows the rate of deadly overdoses of prescription painkillers and other drugs among U.S. women quadrupled between 1999 and 2010.  
     The CDC says nearly 48,000 women died of overdoses from any form of prescribed drug during that time period.
   CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden says, "Mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are dying from overdoses at rates we have never seen before."
     Frieden adds that emergency room visits for abuse or overdose have also increased dramatically due to the widespread abuse of prescription opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin.

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