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Embargoed until: July 2, 2013, noon ET
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CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report How has the prescription painkiller overdose epidemic grown in women?

What

The prescription painkiller epidemic is killing more women than ever before. New data shows prescription painkiller overdose deaths among women have skyrocketed. Since 1999, the percentage increase in deaths was more than 400 percent among women compared to 265 percent in men.  What is causing this, and what can be done? Join CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on July 2, at noon ET for a telebriefing on the latest data on this under-recognized and growing problem for women and what can be done to stop this epidemic.

Who

Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Karin Mack, Ph.D. Senior Behavioral Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC

When

Tuesday, July 2 at noon ET

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TRANSCRIPT
A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at the CDC web site at www.cdc.gov/media.

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