Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the CDC concluded, “The bottom line here is that prescription opioid deaths among women have skyrocketed in the past decade. Stopping the epidemic is everyone’s business and can be done.”

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3. Centers for Disease Control. New CDC Vital Signs: Prescription Painkiller Epidemic Among Women. July 2, 2013.