Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: Resources
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), deaths by prescription painkiller overdoses among women have increased 400% since 1999. About 18 women die every day from such overdoses.
The CDC has created a fact sheet on the issue with recommendations for state and federal governments, health care providers and women: http://1.usa.gov/12m5mDs.
For information on the safe use of pain medication, see the MedlinePlus Health Topic Page on Pain Relievers: http://1.usa.gov/12d1beo