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Deaths from drug overdoses are the number one cause of injury death in the U.S. Most of these deaths are related to the misuse of prescription opioids and heroin. While men were more likely than women to die of opioid overdose, the number of overdose deaths from opioids among women has increased substantially. Since 1999, women’s deaths have quadrupled from prescription opioid overdose.
Consider the following:
- Nearly 48,000 women died of prescription opioid overdose between 1999 and 2010.
- For every woman who dies of a prescription opioid overdose, over 30 of them go the emergency department for opioid misuse or abuse.
Women’s biological differences may influence susceptibility to substance abuse, which could have implications for prevention and treatment. In order to identify and treat women most at risk, health care providers must be able to recognize and consider these differences.
Join us as we discuss how health care providers, researchers, and the public health community can best address the complexities of opioid use disorder among women. Speakers will give an overview of the federal response to the disorder, along with approaches to care and prevention of substance use.
Beyond the Data
- Karin A. Mack, PhD
- Associate Director for Science,
Division of Analysis Research and Practice Integration
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
"The Opioid Overdose Crisis and the Federal Response"
- Linda Frazier, RN, MCHES, CADC
- Director, Addictions Initiatives
Chair, APHA ATOD Section, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
"Comprehensive Approaches to Care of Women with Substance Use Disorders"
- John Iskander, MD, MPH
- Scientific Director
- Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
- Deputy Scientific Director
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