It’s Time to Talk About the Opioid Crisis as a Women’s Health Issue

March 8, 2018

(Vogue) – While the majority of such fatalities are men, the toll on women is grim, with an 850% increase in opioid-related deaths between 1999 and 2015, almost double the rate for men, according to Linda Richter, Ph.D., director of policy research and analysis at the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse. Digging into the reasons for this disparity reveals a patchwork of factors tied to opioid-use disorder, ranging from gender-biased biological data to treatment centers without child care. The point, as outlined below, is that this national crisis is just as much a women’s health one, and treating it as such is crucial.

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