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Treatment of Women's Drug Use

According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), 590,759 females were admitted to treatment facilities in the United States during 2005, representing 31.9% of the total treatment admissions.

Female Admissions to Treatment, 2005

Drug Type

Percent

Alcohol

       16.9%

Alcohol with secondary drug

   14.4

Heroin

   13.6

Other opiates

     5.3

Cocaine-smoked

   13.1

Cocaine-other route

     4.2

Marijuana

   13.2

Meth./amphetamine

   13.2

Other stimulants

     0.1

Tranquilizers

     0.7

Sedatives

     0.4

Hallucinogens

     0.1

PCP

     0.1

Inhalants

     0.1

Other/none specified

     4.5

Total

100.0

Additional TEDS data indicate that more than half of the treatment admissions for sedatives and tranquilizers in 2005 involved women.

Admissions to Treatment, by Sex, 2005

Drug

Males

Females

Alcohol

   74.9%

    25.1%

Alcohol with secondary drug

73.7

26.3

Heroin

68.3

31.7

Other opiates

53.7

46.3

Cocaine-smoked

58.3

41.7

Cocaine-other route

65.0

35.0

Marijuana

73.4

26.6

Meth./amphetamine

53.8

46.2

Other stimulants

64.2

35.8

Tranquilizers

46.9

53.1

Sedatives

44.2

55.8

Hallucinogens

71.9

28.1

PCP

68.6

31.4

Inhalants

64.1

35.9

Other/none specified

59.9

40.1

Total

68.1

31.9

A SAMHSA report on females admitted to treatment with a dual diagnosis of a substance abuse problem and a psychiatric disorder found that almost half (46 percent) had alcohol as a primary substance of abuse. The report also found that dually diagnosed female admissions were more likely to have had prior treatments than non-dually diagnosed female admissions (72 percent vs. 60 percent).

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