Women's Painkiller Overdose Deaths Up 400 Percent in the Past Decade

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- An alarming public health epidemic from the center for disease control today, the rate of prescription drug overdose deaths in women increased 400 percent in the last 10 years.

The report says women are more prone to overdoses because they are more likely to have chronic pain, and use painkillers to treat the symptoms. Women between 45 and 54 in particular.

Crystal Myers is a clinical manager at RMH Behavioral Health Center. She says the patient can become tolerant and sometimes addicted to the medication.

They need to take more to get the same effect. She says when that gets to be too much, they can end up poisoning themselves.

But luckily she says its not too much of a problem here in the valley.

Myers says, "as a regional effect, we haven't experienced that. We do see women that experience depression and we did just start a pain management group. But as far as the national trend, I haven't seen that or experience that here at the outpatient center."

If you or someone you know is struggling with this issue, RMH is offering a new support group for pain management.

For more information visit RMH Behavioral Health.

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