From 1999 to 2010, there has been a 265% increase in opioid painkiller-related deaths among men, an astonishing figure itself, but daunted by the 415% increase among women. Of the 48,000 opioid-related deaths in this period, 6,600 occurred in 2010, and of the nearly 15,500 deaths that were caused by drug overdoses in 2010, 71% of then involved prescription opioids. Though the cause for this gender disparity is unknown, some theorize that it is related to women’s increased likelihood of having chronic pain, and the increase of death was the largest among women between the ages of 45 to 54.
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