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  • In 2002, females accounted for 30% of substance abuse treatment admissions.1

  • Women are up to 48 percent more likely than men to be prescribed a narcotic, anti-anxiety or other potentially abuseable drug.2

  • More than 2.5 million women abuse or are dependent on illicit drugs.2

  • Two out of three AIDS cases in American women are associated with drug abuse.2

  • Teenage girls who are heavy drinkers are five times more likely to have sex – and a third less likely to use protection – than girls who don’t drink.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native women age 18 or older had higher rates of abuse/dependence on alcohol or an illicit drug than women in other racial or ethnic groups.3

  • Among pregnant women age 15 to 44, 9.8% reported drinking alcohol, 4.1% reported binge alcohol use, and less than 1% reported heavy alcohol use.4

  • Combined data from 2004 to 2006 indicate that an annual average of 6.3 million women aged 18 to 49 (9.4 percent) needed treatment for a substance use problem.5

  • One in ten (10.4 percent) of the women aged 18 to 49 who needed treatment in the past year received treatment at a specialty substance use treatment facility. 5

  • Of the women aged 18 to 49 who needed treatment in the past year, 5.5 percent felt they needed treatment but did not receive it, and 84.2 percent neither received treatment nor perceived a need for it. 5

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