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Middle aged women hit hardest by US opioid crisis

America is fighting its biggest war on drugs. The rate at which opioid overdose is increasing puts the situation at an alarming state. Certain measures need to be quickly taken before the problem accelerates.

No one group is safe from this opioid crisis. Both US males and females have been affected by the problem. However, the recent statistics call for a cause of concern.

According to recent findings, middle-aged women are the most affected victims than any other community living in the USA. In fact, opioid overdose-related cases have jumped by a staggering 260% in the past 15 years!

The death rate was the highest for women aged between 55 and 64.

Scientists are most importantly they are looking for the possible contributory factors towards the increase.

The Morbidity and Mortality study helps us to analyse some of the factors that have led to overdose among middle-aged women.

Why the death rate is increasing?

Doctors have expressed their frustration with regards to the approach taken by the relatives of the affected person. They feel that everyone wants the solution to a particular problem. Relatives would not look into the factors that have led to the problem in the first place. This is one primary reason why rates have continued to multiply.

Most of the fatal overdose occurred when the victim had access to prescribed opioids. They had been able to get a valid prescription from the doctor thereby allowing for ease buying of the products. This, in particular, raises a question mark on the credibility of certain doctors.

The demographics also tell a lot about the changing roles of women. Most females are expected to meet a number of expectations. Failing to do so put them under a severe amount of stress.

When faced with such a stressful situation, a lot of the women will resort towards opioid addiction. The product becomes one possible way of coping with the crisis. The person keeps on using it until the dosage taken is more than what the body can bear.

The findings also show that most suicide rates across the US have occurred due to the abuse of an opioid.

What is the solution?

Firstly, it is more than necessary to acknowledge that the opioid problem exists in the first place. Although middle-aged women are affected more yet anyone can be at the receiving end.

There is a big responsibility on the government as well as the relatives of the affected person.

The state should carry out an extensive awareness campaign to highlight the citizens about the Opioid crisis. The targeted audience should be the middle-aged women who are mostly unaware of the situation.
At the same time, it is also important for the government to keep a check on the doctors. Before the prescription of an opioid drug, the doctor should be able to analyse the mental wellbeing of the patient.

As for the relatives, they should try settling any issue with the woman. All the factors that might be contributing to excessive stress should be actively worked upon.

Together, if all of us work collectively, we can soon curb the problem of opioid abuse.

 

Samuel Mayer

Samuel has been part of Top Health Journal for quite a while now. He has immense interest in medicine and thoroughly enjoys writing about this theme. His philosophy is: write simple and short, always assuming your reader to be a layman who knows nothing about the topic!

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