“The number of middle-aged women dying from accidental overdose has more than doubled in a decade and women aged between 30 and 50 are now almost four times more likely to be found dead of an unintended overdose than in a crashed car.”Mr Ryan said there had not been as many deaths among women since the turn of the century, when high-grade heroin flooded Australia.

“And unlike then, many of these deaths are the result of people becoming addicted to prescription medicines,” he said, and called for urgent action to reverse growing misuse of pharmaceuticals, including well-funded overdose prevention education programs.

– PETER MICKELBUROUGH

via More women dying from accidental drug overdoses than in road toll, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures for Penington Institute show | Herald Sun.