Opioids and Adolescent Girls
According to the 2015 NSDUH study, 969,000 adolescents ages 12 to 17 reported misuse of pain relievers in the previous year. More than half (518,000) of those reporting misuse were female. Adolescent girls have unique risks factor for opioid and other substance use, and are more vulnerable to the physical impact of substance use and addiction. Even low levels of use can have serious health consequences for girls.
Women and girls may become physically dependent on opioid pain medication more quickly than men and boys. The “telescoping” phenomenon supports the need for both screening and early intervention (such as adolescent SBIRT) among adolescent girls in order to delay the progression of opioid use and misuse.
Research & Statistics
- Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Young Adults
The transition from adolescence to adulthood can pose many challenges to young adults and their families. During transition age, young adults are called upon to make new and sometimes complex decisions about school, work, finances, and relationships with friends and family. This stage of life presents significantly greater challenges for the more than 3 million young adults (ages 18-25) with serious mental health conditions.
- Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon Generals Spotlight on Opioids
The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder.
- Opioids and Adolescents
- White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women
The opioid epidemic's disproportionate impact on women is the latest, and most destructive, symptom of wider gender-based disparities that leave millions of American women in worse health than men.
Data show that deaths among women from opioid overdose have increased at a much faster rate than for men, 400% compared with 265%. And states where doctors write the most opioid prescriptions per 100 residents are also the states with the widest overall disparities between men's and women's health.