A new study has found out that prescription painkillers are to blame for the higher death rates among white women in the United States, according to an article written by Danielle Paquette for The Washington Post.
Statistics have shown that mortality rates among only white women ages 15 to 54 have seen a significant rise between 1999 and 2011. According to a recently published study from the Urban Institute, half of the increase was due to “accidental poisoning,” or drug overdose.
The Urban Institute report further elaborated that 15.9 per of 100,000 white women died from opioid-related complications in 2011. That is a significant increase from 1999, when only 3.3 per cent of 100,000 white women died from complications brought about by prescription painkillers.
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