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CDC: More women dying from prescription drug overdose

8:19 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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Prescription drug overdose deaths are skyrocketing among women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says men are still more likely to die from those kinds of overdoses, but women are closing the gap.

The CDC said last week the number of women dying from prescription painkiller overdoses has increased more than 400 percent between 1999 and 2010.

The federal health agency reported 10,000 men died in these kind of overdoses in 2010 compared to 6,600 women.

Psychologist and manager of recovery services at Peninsula Outpatient Dr. Mary Nelle Osborne joined us in the 10News studio for some perspective on those numbers. You can watch the entire conversation in the video above.

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