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How the opioid epidemic affects women

By: Lydia L. Kim, Digital Content Editor

Opioid use disorder (OUD) has become such a prominent topic in today’s society that it’s hard to go one day without hearing news about new death statistics or pending litigation issues, but one aspect of this ever-growing tragedy that may be overlooked is how OUD affects women specifically.

In a recent article from Healthline that highlights these impacts on women, one of the most startling revelations is that the number of women who have died from opioid overdose increased 5 times between 1999 and 2010. One of the reasons for this increase is that women are prescribed opioids more than men.

In an effort to bring more attention to this issue and provide resources for our users, we wanted to highlight several educational resources:

Please read the entire Healthline article here.




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