The rate of deaths from drug overdoses among US women has soared in recent years as the country continues to combat its opioid epidemic, according to new data from the US government.
From 1999 to 2017, the drug overdose death rate among women 30 to 64 years old climbed more than 260 percent, according to the report published Thursday by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In that time, drug overdose deaths involving heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids, synthetic opioids, antidepressants and benzodiazepines such as such as Xanax and Valium all increased, the CDC report said.
“Overdose deaths continue to be unacceptably high, and targeted efforts are needed to reduce the number of deaths in this evolving epidemic among middle-aged women,” the researchers wrote.
The CDC used data from the National Vital Statistics System, which is based on information from death certificates.
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