Drug overdoses among middle-aged women in U.S. soar

CDC reported Thursday that the death rate from drug overdoses among women aged 30–64 years increased 260% from 1999 to 2017. Researchers said the number and rate of deaths involving antidepressants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, and synthetic opioids each increased during this time frame.

CDC reported Thursday that the death rate from drug overdoses among women aged 30–64 years increased 260% from 1999 to 2017. Researchers said the number and rate of deaths involving antidepressants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, and synthetic opioids each increased during this time frame. In this age group, the rate of death involving synthetic opioids increased 1,643%, while the rate for heroin rose 915% and for benzodiazepines the rate jumped 830%. According to CDC, "Interventions to address the rise in drug overdose deaths include implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, reviewing records of controlled substance prescribing (e.g., prescription drug monitoring programs, health insurance programs), and developing capacity of drug use disorder treatments and linkage to care, especially for middle-aged women with drug use disorders."