AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

News for Women Physicians

Nominations for Physician Mentor Recognition Program due July 31

Nominations for Physician Mentor Recognition Program due July 31

Acknowledge the people who have made a difference in your professional life by nominating them for the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) Physician Mentor Recognition Program. The program is a unique way to recognize a professional colleague or teacher who has served a special role in your life or career.

In submitting a nomination, your mentor will be issued a special certificate and recognized during Women in Medicine Month in September and during the AMA Interim Meeting. Nominations are due July 31. Download a nomination form today.

Report indicates sharp increase in women's deaths from painkiller overdoses

Although more men die from prescription painkiller overdoses than women, the number of deaths among women increased five-fold in the last decade.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a significant increase in the mortality rate among women due to prescription painkiller overdoses. The rate of prescription drug overdose deaths among women increased 400 percent from 1999 to 2010, compared with an increase of 265 percent for men. Women who are 45–54 years old have the highest risk of dying from a prescription painkiller overdose.

In addition, a significant increase in hospital emergency room visits was noted. Painkiller-related ER visits by women more than doubled between 2004 and 2010, according to the CDC. The report indicates that women between the ages of 25 and 54 are more likely than any other age group to go to the emergency department from prescription painkiller misuse or abuse.

Access a newly updated continuing medical education series from the AMA to learn more about managing pain and preventing overdoses and prescription abuse.