Phoenix House on NBC News: Women and Skyrocketing Opiate Deaths

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The number of women dying from opiate overdoses has skyrocketed in recent years. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 42 women die each day from drug overdose and 18 die each day from prescription painkillers. This number has risen 400 percent in the last decade.

Suzette, a Phoenix House client, was addicted to prescription drugs and spoke with NBC News about her addiction and recovery. Her interview aired on NBC Nightly News and on the TODAY show.

According to the NBC News report, women are more likely to be prescribed prescription painkillers and in higher dosages. Most of the deaths are in the group of middle-aged women, with 3754 women aged 35 to 54 dying from prescription opioids between 1999 and 2010.

If you or a loved one needs help for a substance abuse issue, Phoenix House is here for you. Email us or call today at 1 888 671 9392.
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