Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls   [open pdf - 650KB]

"The Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) mission is to reduce overall drug use throughout the United States. There are an estimated 7.3 million adult women needing substance abuse treatment (drug and alcohol). Drug dependence or addiction significantly impacts women's health, ability to nurture and parent, and the financial stability of women and their families. Nationally, about 32% of clients in substance abuse treatment are female. Adolescence can be a stressful time, especially for girls, making them susceptible to a host of risky behaviors, including substance abuse. Teen girls face many challenges -- peer pressure, conflicting social forces, issues concerning body image and sexuality, as well as intense expectations to excel in athletics and/or academics. ONDCP and its partner national drug control agencies throughout the Federal government implement a number of programs which address the unique risk and protective factors as well as challenges in preventing and treating substance abuse and addiction among women and girls."

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