Number of Women Addicted to Painkillers Rising

Dr. Sack appeared in a segment on America Now News discussing the rise of prescription drug addiction among women. America Now News is a daily television magazine program hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, featuring “news you can really use” on lifestyle topics such as health, diet, family and pets.

Dr. Sack explains how addiction to pain medications is an epidemic and the reason why women are more vulnerable to prescription medication abuse is because they have an higher incidence of depression and anxiety disorders. Dr. Sack talks about warning signs to look out for including sudden irresponsibility, excessive drowsiness, irritability, or losing pills and running out early. Dr. Sack recommends talking to their doctor directly and sharing what the problems are with the medications they are using.

Women & Alcohol Abuse: The Hidden Epidemic

David Sack, MD, board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, reports that nearly one million American women are binge drinkers; and they aren’t just sorority girls. The more educated and well off women are, the more likely they are to imbibe, found a Gallup poll from 2010. Another study published in 2010 found that white women were more likely to drink than women of other racial backgrounds, though the rates for Latina and black women were rising.

Dr. Sack joins Dr. Peeke to discuss women and binge drinking and the science behind alcohol consumption on HER Radio. Listen to the segment below:

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