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International Adhesions Society Renews Call for Pain Treatment Alternatives and Welcomes CDC Warnings about Alarming Prescription Drug Deaths in U.S. Women
Date:7/11/2013

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) July 11, 2013

According to recent statistics published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 18 women die daily from prescription painkiller overdoses, more than ever before. While over 10,000 men died of overdoses in 2010, deaths among women (6,600) increased five-fold (400%) in the previous decade, compared with an increase of 265% in men. These deaths are the tip of the iceberg. For every woman who dies, 30 go to the emergency room for painkiller misuse or abuse. According to the CDC, the opioid problem affects women in different ways than men. Women are more likely to have chronic pain, are prescribed narcotics at higher doses and for longer periods.

This report comes as no surprise to the International Adhesions Society (IAS), whose predominantly female members suffer from debilitating pain and complications related to internal scars resulting from surgery, trauma or inflammatory conditions, such as endometriosis, or related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or interstitial cystitis (IC). Indeed, the IAS recently submitted its own research to help address gender inequality in women’s need for and access to pain relief.

The IAS research was derived from a survey of opioid use in over 2800 chronic pain patien
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