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Drug overdose deaths surge among young women, Pitt study shows

(, Mar 10) Young white women are dying at a higher rate than other drug users amid a sustained statewide surge in overdoses, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. About 825 women ages 15 to 64 died of drug overdoses in the state in 2014, a rate of 19.5 women per 100,000, according to the study. That's up from 38 deaths in 1979, a rate of 1.12 per 100,000. Researchers examined death certificates listing a cause of accidental poisoning, which typically means drug overdose. READ MORE