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Report Highlights Gender Differences in Substance Abuse

A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) highlights the importance of considering gender when examining patterns of substance abuse. Data show that males made up two-thirds of the 1.8 million admissions to treatment facilities in 2011. Among those in the 12 to 17 age group, boys were more likely to report marijuana abuse, while girls more often reported abuse of alcohol. Of those over age 65, women were three times as likely as men to report primarily abusing prescription painkillers. Gaining a better understanding of how gender factors in with age and rates of substance abuse can be useful in designing outreach, prevention and treatment programs. To view the complete report, visit the SAMHSA website.