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Painkillers fueling drug deaths among Mt. women

pills and pill bottlesPrescription drug addiction is causing a rise in overdose deaths among women in Montana, according to this article. Between January 2008 and August 2013, some 352 Montana women died from a drug overdose, the article says.

Earlier this year, officials in Montana reported a “silent epidemic” of prescription drug abuse that contributed to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans in 2008. Mirroring federal statistics, that number outpaced deaths from motor vehicle crashes, homicides, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine combined.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than five times as many women nationwide died from prescription painkiller overdoses in 2010 as in 1999, while the number of men dying from prescription drug overdose nearly tripled during the same time period.

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Mt. faces ‘silent epidemic’ of pill abuse, deaths

pill-addiction-150x150Officials in Montana report a “silent epidemic” of prescription drug abuse, which contributed to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans in 2008, according to this article. Mirroring federal statistics, that number outpaced deaths from motor vehicle crashes, homicides, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine combined.

To combat the problem, a task force of physicians and health care personnel from RiverStone Health, Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and the Rimrock Foundation have joined forces, the article says.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than five times as many women died from prescription painkiller overdoses in 2010 as in 1999, while the number of men dying from prescription drug overdose nearly tripled during the same time period.

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