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.
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.