In a recent statistics revealed by Australian Bureau of Statistics for the Penington Institute, it was found that accidental prescription medicine overdose deaths among females have risen 65 per cent in the past decade. This has risen more sharply in comparison to men, and it needs to be addressed.
Prescription medicine overdose has increased massively in the US
In America, the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse has led to more than 6,600 women dying from prescription medicine overdose, a 400% increase from 1999 to 2010. (ref)
Reasons behind the prescription medicine overdose increases may include: the need to continue their day-to-day activities of work, family and household responsibilities. As such, when they get injured or face anxiety and/or depression, they do end up using prescription medicines to gain normality in their daily lives.
Health professionals need to recognise that women can be at risk of prescription medicine overdose and gaining access to DrShop real time prescription monitoring, is important to reduce such incidents.