Women are dying of drug overdoses at an increasing rate, according to government data.
NBC News cited numbers from the Centers For Disease Control that said women between the ages of 30 and 64 are falling victim to addiction. From 1999 through 2017, the rate of drug overdoses in that demographic rose by 260 percent.
More startlingly, the same age group saw a 492 percent increase in drug overdoses caused by opioids.
“Prescription opioid-related deaths increased between 1999 and 2017 among women aged 30-64 years, with the largest increases among those aged 55-64 years,” the CDC report reads, according to NBC.
The full scale of the opioid crisis has been revealed in recent years, and the government is now working with the medical industry to help stop the problem through things like educating patients and doctors, installing limits on how many opioid pills may be prescribed at a time, and better regulating the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.
“We’ve seen overall prescribing decline since 2010 to 2012, but I think it’s informative to see that among women ages 30 to 64, prescription opioid overdose deaths still represent such a large number,” Dr. Michael Lynch of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told NBC.
Another recent study found people who need heart surgery are abusing opioids at a rising rate, which can cause life-threatening complications post-surgery.