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Women and meth

Women face unique issues around meth

Awareness of meth and its impact on communities is
increasing, but the particular issues faced by women
who use meth are not always as well known. Use of
meth by women has been on the rise; unlike users of
other illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin, meth
users are almost as likely to be women as men.

Women who use meth often have histories of mental
illness, poverty, and physical and/or sexual abuse,
and are more likely to partake in risky sexual behavior,
which in turn relates to the specific concern of meth
and pregnancy.

Women can be drawn to meth for a variety of reasons,
including the desire to lose weight, increase confidence
and control depression, have more energy to juggle work, childcare, and other responsibilities, or because their partner uses meth.

Ironically, however, meth can exacerbate the very problems the user hopes to alleviate, damaging a user’s appearance, mental health, and physical health. Among the long-term effects of meth abuse are:

n anorexia, tooth decay, skin lesions

n anxiety, depression, psychosis, memory loss, insomnia

n respiratory and heart problems, including risk of stroke and heart attack

Meth use makes women more likely to suffer abuse. See video from "Meth Inside Out."
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