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

      {}{}{}{}{}{} 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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