The number of women overdosing on prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyCotin has increased by more than 400 percent in the past decade.
A new national survey on drug use and health (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) found that about 18 women die every day from taking prescription painkillers. Since 2007, more women have died from overdosing on prescription painkillers than in car accidents. And death rates from opioid abuse in women are more than four times higher than death by cocaine and heroin use combined.
Since women are smaller than men, they feel the impact of prescription drugs on smaller doses. They also become addicted to prescription drugs more quickly than men and are more likely to use prescription drugs in combination with other drugs, such as alcohol.