Even as politicians, newspapers and advertisements continue to highlight the impact of opioid abuse in America, the epidemic continues to rage on. One of the most recent reports, issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, showed an increase in opioid-related hospitalizations among women in the United States, compared to men in the nation.
Between the years 2005 and 2014, the federal government report revealed that hospitalizations involving heroin and prescription painkillers increased 75 percent among women compared to 55 percent among men. In 2014, women were hospitalized for opioid-related reasons at a rate of 225 per 100,000 people, which was nearly equal to men’s during the same year.
Female hospitalization rates in 2014 were highest in West Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts, where they exceeded 350 per 100,000 people. Among men, the highest rates were found in Washington D.C., New York and Maryland, topping 440 per 100,000. Iowa and Nebraska were the states with the lowest hospitalization rates for both sexes.