Prescription Pain Medicines
Women are less likely to misuse or abuse prescription pain medicines. Four million women report past-year misuse. Five million men report past-year misuse.3
Treatment for Sleeping Aid Misuse
Women are more likely to seek treatment for misuse of barbiturates. Fifty-five percent of past-year treatment admissions for barbiturate misuse are women. Forty-five percent of past-year treatment admissions for barbiturate misuse are men.4
Nicotine replacement options, such as the patch or gum, are less effective for women than for men. Quit rates after 6 months on the nicotine patch were 14.7 percent for women and 20.1 percent for men.5
Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions by Primary Substance of Abuse, According to Sex, Age Group, Race, and Ethnicity, Year = 2012, United States. wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/quicklink/US12.htm. Accessed January 6, 2016.
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