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The Extent of Women's Drug Use

A three-year study on women and young girls (ages 8–22) from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University revealed that girls and young women use substances for reasons different than boys and young men. The study also found that the signals and situations of higher risk are different and that girls and young women are more vulnerable to abuse and addiction: they get hooked faster and suffer the consequences sooner than boys and young men.

In 2005, lifetime, past year, and past month drug use rates were lower for women than for men. Women accounted for 31.5% of the nationwide admissions to treatment during 2004.

According to the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 41.6% of women ages 12 or older reported using an illicit drug at some point in their lives. Approximately 12.1% of females ages 12 and older reported past year use of an illicit drug and 6.1% reported past month use of an illicit drug.

In 2005, lifetime, past year, and past month drug use rates were lower for women than for men. Additionally, women accounted for 31.5% of the nationwide admissions to treatment during 2004.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 35.9% of female high school students surveyed nationwide in 2005 used marijuana during their lifetime. This is down from 7.6% in 2003 and 38.4% in 2001.

Percent of High School Females Reporting Drug Use, 2001 to 2005

Drug Type

2001

2003

2005

Lifetime marijuana

38.4%

37.6%

35.9%

Current marijuana

20.0

19.3

18.2

Lifetime cocaine

8.4

7.7

6.8

Current cocaine

3.7

3.5

2.8

Lifetime inhalant

14.9

11.4

13.5

Current inhalant

4.2

3.4

n/a

Lifetime heroin

2.5

2.0

1.4

Lifetime methamphetamine

9.2

6.8

6.0

Lifetime Ecstasy

n/a

10.4

5.3

Lifetime Steroid

3.9

5.3

3.2

According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 59.3% of State and 47.6% of Federal female prisoners surveyed in 2004 indicated that they used drugs in the month before their offense. Additionally, approximately 60.2% of State and 42.8% of Federal female prisoners surveyed in 2004 met drug dependence or abuse criteria.

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