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July/August 2010, Volume 18, Number 4 

New Data on Women Who Work Full Time

A recent report from SAMHSA describes rates of substance use as well as the need for treatment among women employed full time.

Substance Use and Treatment Need Among Women Employed Full Time reports annual averages for 2004 to 2008 showing that among the nearly 50 million women age 18 to 64 who were employed full time, 9.9 million engaged in binge drinking (19.8 percent), and 3.2 million used illicit drugs (6.4 percent) in the past month.

Younger Women, Higher Rates

The rates of past-month binge alcohol use and illicit drug use among women employed full time decreased with age.

For example, nearly two-fifths (37.3 percent) of women age 18 to 25 who were employed full time reported past-month binge alcohol use compared with 25.9 percent of those age 26 to 34, 18.1 percent of those age 35 to 49, and 9.3 percent of those age 50 to 64.

Discrepancy Between Need and Treatment

About 3.6 million women employed full time were classified as being in need of treatment for an alcohol or drug use problem. Only 5.8 percent of these women received treatment at a specialty facility.

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The report is based on SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which collects information on substance use and receipt of substance use treatment through interviews with people from across the country.

Download Substance Use and Treatment Need Among Women Employed Full Time.

Employed Women Entering Treatment

Once women with substance abuse issues are admitted to treatment facilities, understanding their behaviors and characteristics may help providers better meet their needs. A recent report from SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) examines these characteristics and behaviors. Employed Female Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment reveals that in 2008, of all those women age 18 or older who were admitted to substance abuse treatment facilities, 22.9 percent were employed.

And among those women who had employment at the time of their admission, 47.3 percent reported alcohol as their primary substance of abuse, making alcohol the most commonly reported primary substance. As for other drugs, heroin and cocaine were half as likely to be the primary substance of abuse by employed female admissions as by those who did not work (8.0 versus 17.2 percent for heroin; 9.1 versus 17.3 percent for cocaine).

DUIs and Criminal Justice Referrals

Employed female admissions were more likely than other female admissions to have been referred to treatment by the criminal justice system (41.5 versus 26.3 percent), and this employed group was three times more likely than other admissions to be referred through driving under the influence (DUI) programs. Only a very small proportion was referred to treatment by their employer or an employee assistance program (1.2 percent).

Download Employed Female Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response

SAMHSA efforts make behavioral health a top priority.



  From the Administrator  
Coping with the Oil Spill

Coping with the Oil Spill

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., talks about participating in public forums in the Gulf states. Read more.

What’s in a Term:  Latest Responses

What’s in a Term: Latest Responses

SAMHSA has received more than 250 emails in response to the Administrator’s call for comments. Read selected responses.


  Recovery Month  
Ready for Recovery Month?

Ready for Recovery Month?

September is here! Visit RecoveryMonth.gov for details on the biggest celebration yet!



  Multicultural Outreach & Data  
Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

For Chinese, Hispanic, and Native young adults, new public service campaigns focus on mental health.


  Trauma  
Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

When children lose loved ones, what happens then? Also read about creating a trauma narrative.

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health for Service Members

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health

SAMHSA recently convened a Policy Academy to help soldiers as they return from the battlefield.


  Trends  
Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

More treatment admissions report abuse of pain relievers.

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Marked changes have occurred in admissions for substance abuse treatment in the past 10 years.


  Statistics  
In the ER:  Reports on Suicide Attempts

In the ER: Reports on Suicide Attempts

What substances showed up in emergency rooms related to suicide attempts by adolescents and young adults?

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

State-level analyses update data on alcohol abuse, cocaine, pain relievers, and more.


  Women & Substance Abuse  
New Data on  Women Who Work Full Time

New Data on Women Who Work Full Time

How does employment affect women’s substance abuse and treatment?


  Suicide Prevention  
Remember the Lifeline!

Remember the Lifeline!

Feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless? Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


  Medicaid  
Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Read about a program that helped increase Medicaid enrollment by 17 percent.


  Other News  
Treatment Directory Available

Treatment Directory Available

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2010 is now available.

Entertainment Industry Meets with Treatment Experts

SAMHSA’s Dr. H. Westley Clark participated in an expert panel to discuss accurate depictions of substance abuse in entertainment.



  


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