Passages Malibu Comments on the Growing Threat to Women’s Health From Prescription Medication

July 22, 2013

The CDC reported that a woman dies every hour from an overdose of prescription painkillers.

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed in a recent public report that the number of deaths for painkiller overdoses among women is four times higher than those from heroin and cocaine combined. Between 1999 and 2010, 48,000 women died from prescription painkiller overdoses.

CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden revealed that painkiller overdoses have increased 400% in the last ten years, "rates that we have never seen before."

Women are 50% more likely to be prescribed medication for treating pain than men. Statistics show that the highest rate of overdose appears to be among women in their 40s and 50s. The highest rate for opiate abuse comes from women in their 20s and 30s.

The CDC report revealed that because women statistically have a lower body mass than men, "the gap between a therapeutic dose and an overdose is narrower."

Overdoses occur when an individual develops a tolerance for a particular drug and more & more of the substance is required to create the same feeling that the drug originally produced. Prescription painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Dilaudid are often so strong that in addition to decreasing the perception of pain, they often produce feelings of euphoria and can sedate users; sometimes slowing respiration until they simply stop breathing.

“This new report brings up serious concerns about the dependence that so many women have on opiate painkillers,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. “It’s a troubling trend. Fortunately, the advanced treatment options we offer have remained effective at helping both men and women treat and heal their addictions.”

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About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss founded Passages Malibu in 2001. Its second location, Passages Ventura, first opened its doors in 2009. The two drug, alcohol, and prescription medication abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 step/AA model of addiction treatment by utilizing a holistic program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than attributing addiction to an incurable disease.

Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance and each have earned the coveted Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs.

Passages Malibu was named the #1 treatment center in the world by Healthcare Global, one of the "Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out" by Forbes magazine, and the Huffington Post recently acknowledged Passages as a center that “caters to a high-end crowd, with many CEOs, entrepreneurs and high-powered professionals among its clients.”

The co-founders are also authors of an acclaimed series of addiction treatment books, including their groundbreaking, flagship title, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.

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