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NIDA. (1995, February 1). About Women, Drug Abuse, and AIDS. Retrieved from

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February 01, 1995
  • Almost half of all women in their childbearing years, ages 15 to 44, have used illicit drugs at least once in their lives.
  • 10.3 million women age 12 and older have used at least one illegal drug in the past year.
  • More than 4.4 million women age 12 and older currently use illegal drugs.
  • 4 million women have taken prescription drugs nonmedically during the past year.
  • An estimated 221,000 women who gave birth in the United States in 1992 used illicit drugs while they were pregnant.
  • AIDS is now the fourth leading cause of death among women ages 25 to 44 in the United States.
  • More than 34,000--about 67 percent--of the AIDS cases among women are drug related.


  • 1993 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
  • NIDA National Pregnancy and Health Survey
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, June 1994.