Drug Overdoses among Women Increased between 1999 and 2010

This CDC report found there were >15,000 fatal drug overdoses among women in 2010 alone; opiate-related fatal overdoses increased 5 fold over that time period. The editors recommend screening patients for substance abuse or mental health problems before opiate prescribing.

Background: Overdose deaths have increased steadily over the past decade. This report describes drug-related deaths and emergency department (ED) visits among women.  Read the full abstract.

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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