Lewis Diuguid

Overdose deaths rising among baby boom women

Baby boomers have a decades-long history of overindulgence and drug use.

It should come as no surprise that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that overdose deaths among middle-aged women in the United States are now rising faster than those among men. The kicker is that the cause is prescription painkillers.

The CDC reports that the problem is bad and getting worse. Men have been the overwhelming majority of U.S. overdose deaths mostly because of heroin and cocaine, The Associated Press reports. But by 2010, 40 percent were women, most of them baby boomers now middle aged.

Prescription painkiller overdose deaths among women increased about five-fold from 1999 to 2010 while those among men rose three-and-a-half times. The drugs include Vicodin and OxyCotin and their generic counterparts.

It is a distressing trend that should be arrested.