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  • Women
    Chapter 3
    June 20, 2011
  • Drugs used by women
    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Illegal Drugs
  • Alcohol
    Most common drug used by women
    Alcohol is consumed by 45 % of girls and women over the age of 12
    15 % of those females are binge drinkers (5 or more drinks on one occasion)
    3 % are heavier than binge drinkers
  • Myth about alcohol
    Alcohol is the least harmful of drugs
    Alcohol has dangerous effects on:
    • Motor coordination
    • Judgment
    • Emotional control
    • Reasoning
    • Increased risk of accidents and injuries
  • More effects of alcohol
    • Disruption of menstrual cycle
    • risk of mouth and liver cancers, depression, strokes, and cirrhosis of the liver
    • High blood pressure
    • risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer and ulcers
  • Tobacco
    About 21 % of women smoke
    • About 178,000 US women die fro smoking related diseases every year
    • Smokers are twice as likely to have heart attacks and strokes
    • Smoking causes about 90% of all lung cancer deaths in women
    • Women who smoke may have difficulty becoming pregnant
    • Higher risk of osteoporosis
    • Higher risk of breast cancer
  • Second Hand Smoke
    Also causes lung and heart disease/cancer
    Pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, and chronic ear infections in children
    About 36,000 adults die every year due to exposure of second hand smoke
  • Prescription Drugs
    Pain relievers, sedatives, stimulants, and tranquilizers used in non-medical ways
    About 3 percent of girls and women in the US ages 12 and older have used prescription drugs for non medical reasons in one noted month.
  • Effects of prescription drugs
    • Harms memory and reasoning
    • Disrupts balance and coordination
    • Feelings of dullness, thought of suicide, and anxiousness
  • One of the worst parts of prescription drugs
    When trying to stop using prescription drugs one can feel:
    • Increased anxiety Weakness
    • Tremors Panic attacks
    • Heart palpitations Flu-like symptoms
    • Sweating Hypersensitivity to light
    • Nausea Depression
    • Indigestion Restlessness
    • Body pain Dizziness
    • Poor memory and concentration
  • Illegal Drugs
    6 percent of girls and women in the US in 2002 aged 12 and older used illegal drugs
    Marijuana being the most common illegally used drug (4%)
    About 1% were users of cocaine, ecstasy, heroine and other illegal drugs
  • Effects of Illegal Drugs
    Most common effects, although different for each drug include:
    • Depression
    • Mood swings
    • Paranoia
    • Anxiety
    • Impairment in mental function and memory
    • Liver malfunction
    • Severe dehydration
  • Why people use drugs?
    The promotion of the products
    Peer pressure
    Addictive effects of the drugs
  • Finding Help
    Self-help groups
    Managing withdrawal
    Organizations such as:
    Drug Policy Alliance
    Americans for Non-Smokers
    Seeking Safety
    Community Connections
    INWAT (International Network of Women Against Tobacco)
  • Striking Perspectives
    “…My doctor told me I had a smoker’s tumor, and therefore I’m dying. I’ve never smoked a day in my life.” -from secondhand smoke
    “As far as I can see, you can’t count on a guy, because they are not always there, kids aren’t always there…cigarettes are always there.”
    “My support group is my lifeline, my ‘family,’ and my foundation. No addict should go without this feeling of connectedness- it’s the biggest need of all.”- a woman in recovery
  • Favorite Quote
    “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem.”-Kurt Cobain
  • Discussion Question
    If people know the effects of drugs, why do they do them?
    Which plays a bigger role in the experimentation of drugs: Media or peer pressure?