Ever since opioids became popular as a drug of abuse in America, women have been at the receiving end. While the rates of drug overdose incidents more than quadrupled since 1999, it is also apparent that women have been affected more by the opioid epidemic than men. Coast to coast, the number of women who have inadvertently used prescription drugs and have become dependent on them has significantly increased.
A new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has revealed that there is a surge in the number of women who have been admitted to hospitals for drug-related incidents, including heroin and prescription painkillers. The report was compiled based on a national database that includes hospital statistics from more than 40 states. Along with a detailed account of the opioid epidemic, the report also sheds light on the emergency department (ED) and inpatient stays for both men and women in drug-related incidents. Some of the highlights of the report are as follows:
Inpatient stays: While more men had inpatient stays than women in 2005, there was a dramatic increase in opioid-related inpatient stays in case of women between 2005 and 2014. This represented an increase of 75 percent for women and 55 percent for males. It is a matter of concern to note that the rates of opioid-related inpatient stays for males and females became more or
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