Women more likely to become addicted to some prescription drugs

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Startling new statistics were recently released about prescription painkillers and women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48,000 women died from prescription drug overdoses in the last 10 years.

That same report says women are more likely than men to become addicted to codeine and hydrocodone medications.

Women are more likely to have chronic pain, so they’re more likely to be prescribed painkillers and at higher doses.

The question remains, then, how people can protect themselves from addiction and overdose.

Important safety tips include only taking the medication as prescribed.

Likewise, it’s vital to remember to never self-medicate.

When the medication is no longer needed for the reason it was prescribed, throw away what’s left instead of hanging on to it.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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