Overdose deaths rising fastest among middle-aged US women; 'Rates we've never seen before'

  • Article by: MIKE STOBBE , AP Medical Writer
  • Updated: July 2, 2013 - 3:55 PM

ATLANTA — Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday.

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mnmaggiemnJul. 2, 13 1:20 PM

Its their bodies, their choice

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purelogicJul. 2, 13 3:02 PM

Another adverse effect of the failed war on drugs. People dying of overdoses on synthetic drugs. Drugs that are regulated and require a "perscription". Meanwhile, there is a plant that grows in nature, has many benefits, and has never killed anyone via overdose. This plant is illegal and is the cause of hundreds of thousands of citizens locked up in institutions for committing victimless crimes.

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NoMasBSJul. 2, 13 4:31 PM

purelogic, yeah... but that plant doesn't make the pharmacys a ton of cash and the biggest problem is the government can't find a good way to tax it so they through people in jail over it so that they can make money that way. Just follow the money trail it has a lot of stories to tell.

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shyvareJul. 2, 13 5:34 PM

Although this article contends that most of these are accidental overdoses, it is interesting to note that the age group in the United States with the highest increase in suicide rates are middle-aged women. Perhaps these aren't all accidental overdoses - it's worth investigating by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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thegoodherbJul. 3, 1310:54 AM

Consider the bind that these individuals are in. 1. They suffer from chronic pain. 2. Chronic pain by itself causes depression. 3. Medicine has no means to permanently fix this. 4. Painkillers relieve symptoms, but only temporarily, risking addiction. 5. Once you realizes that severe physical pain never goes away, hopelessness sets in. There are no good options here. Why would any thinking person look at this situation and not come to the obvious conclusion? That's exactly what this increase in the rate indicates people are doing. As @mnmaggiemn expressed it in the first comment on this article: "It's their body, and thus their choice." Nobody else gets to make it for them. And nobody else certainly gets to "tsk, tsk" at them from their comfortable, pain-free cushion of moral superiority.

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littlerjeJul. 3, 1311:47 AM

Anyone read weed as one of the killers? Time to legalize and government can take the tax on it, and get us out of this mess.

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eman2001Jul. 3, 1312:09 PM

Now a HUGE issue because it affects women! Note that most who die continue to be men.

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