More Women Dying From Drug Overdoses
Unintentional drug overdose is at epidemic levels in Ohio, and the number of women dying has skyrocketed.
Since 2000, the number of Ohioans dying from drug overdose has reached epidemic levels. While men account for more than half of drug overdose deaths, the number of females dying from overdose has increase by 436 percent since, a rate nearly 40 percent higher than males.
The increases could be related to the number of prescriptions doctors give women. The Ohio Department of Health’s Christy Beeghly said research indicates women receive more prescriptions than men, particularly for pain pills like oxycodone. And she said women use the drugs longer and at higher doses.
“It’s not completely understood why this is the case,” Beeghly said. “It could be because there are more common types of chronic pain that women are experiencing such as fibromyalgia. Migraines tend to be more prevalent among women.”
In Ohio, prescription pain killers remain the top drug in fatal overdoses for both men and women.
And it’s becoming more common for people to use multiple drugs which can increase the chances of respiratory failure. ODH figures also show a majority of women who overdose also will have taken an antidepressant.