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Friday, April 11, 2014

Substance Abuse Gender Differences

Adult men were twice as likely as women to seek treatment for a substance use disorder in 2011, according to a new government report. While there could be a number of discrepancies for the difference, the findings showed that 1.2 million men, and 609,000 females, entered treatment that year.

The report was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). While the rate of substance abuse was about the same among teens 12 to 17, at 7 percent, the substance of choice was different. In fact, teenage boys abused more marijuana and teenage girls abused more alcohol.

In the 18 to 24 age group the substance of choice changed, SAMHSA’s report found that twenty-two percent of women said marijuana was their primary substance of abuse, compared with 3 percent of men. When it came to prescription drugs, women 65 and older were almost three times as likely as men to abuse narcotic painkillers.

“This report provides insight into how age and gender relate to substance abuse, SAMHSA Chief Medical Officer Elinore McCance-Katz said in a news release. “SAMHSA believes that health care professionals can use this information in designing programs that are better tailored to effectively meet the treatment needs of both genders.”

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