“President Trump has declared opioid addiction a public health emergency and wants ads to persuade Americans to say no to these painkillers. But, he has not released the federal funds needed to seriously combat opioid abuse. TV commercials alone will not save the millions of U.S. women who bear the greatest burden from the opioid addiction epidemic. The truth is that women have unique medical needs for prescription painkillers, which put them at greater risk for dependency, addiction and overdose deaths.
Studies show that across all age groups, women are 40 percent more likely to become persistent users of opioids. This is because they tend to have more chronic pain, take more pain medications and often at higher doses, and use painkillers for longer times than men.”
Source: HufflingtonPost.com – December 12, 2017