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The largest jump in drug overdose was among middle-aged women

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By Maggie Fox

The epidemic of drug overdose of deaths deteriorates at a startling rate among middle-aged women, reported federal health experts on Thursday.

The death of drug overdose has increased among women over the age of 30 who began in 1

999 – with the largest increase among women aged 45-64, the team found at the hospital control and prevention centers. Deaths from drug overdoses increased by 260 percent among women aged 30-64 in 1999 and 2017.

The proportion of drug overdose opioid deaths increased by a whopping 492 percent among women aged 30-64.

While men are much more likely than women to die from overdoses of drugs, the pattern shows that the dangers of analgesic overuse over the American population.

The United States strikes a severely exacerbated epidemic of death from opioid drugs. Last year, the government reported more than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, an increase of 10 percent in just one year. The main cause was the major cause of opioid drugs, especially synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

The statistics show that most people who die from overdoses first used opioids with a legitimate prescription from a doctor. The CDC has advised doctors to think twice before prescribing an opioid and urging patients to question their doctors before accepting prescriptions.

CDC’s Karin Mack and colleagues analyzed death certificates from all 50 states, looking at suicide, murder, unintentional and unknown causes of death. They noted which drugs were in a person’s system at death, including antidepressants, opioids, anxiety drugs, heroin and cocaine.

Many of those who died had more than one drug in their system at that time. “Deaths may have involved more than one topic,” wrote Mack’s law.

“Increases in death involving certain drugs may be the result of increases in some drug combinations.” For example, the CDC and other groups have warned of special danger of taking opioids and anxiety drugs such as Xanax or Valium at the same time. Both slow breathing and, together, they can make people stop breathing.

But what stood out was the increase in deaths among women 30 and older, and especially among women aged 45 years.

“Prescribed opioid-related deaths increased between 1999 and 2017 among women aged 30-64, with the largest increases among those aged 55-64, Mack’s law wrote in his report, published in the CDC’s weekly death report and disease.

“prescription opioids are clearly overused for more than a decade,” says Dr. Michael Lynch, medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who did not participate in the CDC study.

“We have seen overall prescription decline from 2010 to 2012, but I find it informative to see that women between the ages of 30 and 64 are women, but prescribed deaths for overdose of overdose are still so great,” says Lynch. 19659007] Lynch also suspects that suicide may be a greater factor than coding on death records may indicate. “” Probably there are hidden suicides here, “he said.” It can be very difficult to tell. “As we know from the post-mortem evaluation, Whether it was intentional or not, but of course, we rarely feel the individual’s thinking before these tragic events, “he added.

Sometimes there are clear indicators like suicide letters. Sometimes we have died and we find a lethal amount or combination of drugs in their system, but we do not know how or why they came there. I’m sure there is a lot of overlap between addiction and accidental overdose and those who deliberately overdose to kill themselves. “

Doctors who treat patients for depression, for pain, for anxiety and for other conditions must be aware,” says the CDC team.

“Significant work has focused on informing women of childbearing age about the risk and benefit of use of some drugs, especially for the risk of neonatal withdrawal syndrome as a result of opioid use during pregnancy, “they wrote.” The current analysis shows the remaining need to consider middle-aged women who are still vulnerable to death through drug overdose. “

Erika Edwards contributed.

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