The death rate from drug overdose among women in the US UU It has increased considerably, according to data published this week in the morbidity and mortality report of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Specifically, the data revealed that the death rate from drug overdoses has especially affected middle-aged women. In fact, between 1999 and 2017, the CDC found that the death rate from drug overdoses among women aged 30 to 64 increased by a massive 260 percent. In other words, the rate increased "from 6.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants (4,314 deaths from drug overdoses) in 1999 to 24.3 (18,110) in 2017," the health agency said in the report.
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During the same period, the CDC also noted that the number and death rate associated with antidepressants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin and synthetic opioids (excluding methadone) also increased.
Deaths related to prescription opioids also increased among women aged 30 to 64 between 1999 and 2017, the CDC said, adding that the largest increase occurred among women aged 55 to 64 years.
Overall, from 1999 to 2017, death rates from drug overdoses increased by approximately 200 percent among women aged 35 to 39 and among women aged 45 to 49, while women aged 30 to 34 years from 50 to 54 saw an increase of 350 percent. However, the most surprising thing is that the rate increased by almost 500 percent among women aged 55 to 64 during that time period, according to the CDC.
Comparatively, in 1999, "overdose mortality rates were higher among women aged 40 to 44 years (9.6 deaths per 100,000 population), while in 2017, rates were higher among women aged 50 to 54 years (28.2), "explained the CDC.
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The CDC did not detail exactly what is causing women to be disproportionately affected, but noted that "overdose deaths continue to be unacceptably high, and specific efforts are needed to reduce the number of deaths in this evolving epidemic."
You can read the full report of the CDC here.