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CDC: Overdose Deaths Among Women Aged 30 To 64 Increasing

Updated: Jul 19, 2019

CDC, January 11, 2019, CDC MMWR

Summarized by: Sonia Bhutra

As the drug epidemic in the United States continues to grow, the drug overdose death rate has increased rapidly among one demographic group in particular- middle aged women. Studies have reported that from 1999 to 2017, the drug overdose death rate among females aged 30 to 64 has increased by 260%, with significant increases in deaths involving synthetic opioids (1,643%), heroin (915%), and benzodiazepines (830%). This report is of particular importance for health care providers. Health care providers who treat women for pain, anxiety, or depression must make targeted efforts to reduce the number of deaths in this evolving epidemic by considering the unique psychosocial needs of middle-aged women while discussing treatment options and by implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

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