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CDC Report on Women and Prescription Drug Overdoses

Date: July 3, 2013
Source: CDC

More than five times as many women women died of prescription painkiller overdoses in 2010 than in 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. To read the report, click here.

About 48,000 women have died from painkiller overdoses between 1999 and 2010, an increase of 400 percent over the period. About half of all women's overdose deaths were due to prescription painkillers.

"We need to better understand how dangerous these drugs are," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden told CBS News. "They shouldn't be used lightly, (only) where they are essential, necessary, something like severe cancer pain, they are important tools. But all too often, the risks are way higher than the benefits because it may be a lifelong addiction."

PAIN PRACTITIONERS SHOULD TAKE CARE TO ENSURE PROPER RISK EVALUATION AND PATIENT SELECTION. LICENSING BOARDS ARE BECOMING MORE AGGESSIVE IN REVIEW OF PRESCRIBING COMPLAINTS and it's obvious that the attitude toward use of prescription controlled medications is taking a major turn for the worse, especially when government officials think that severe cancer pain is the only thing that justifies the use of opioids (see Frieden comment above).

IF YOU DO NOT MAKE CHANGES NOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RISK EVALUATION AND PATIENT SELECTION PROCESS; IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENT WITH THE MAINSTREAM RECOMMENDATIONS IN THIS AREA, YOUR SHOULD CONSIDER YOURSELF HIGH RISK FOR LOSS OF LICENSE AND OTHER LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

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