Ladies have damaged the proverbial glass ceiling. From excelling in male-dominated professions, displaying excellent efficiency as NASA scientists to displaying their mettle as mature politicians and being all-rounders at dwelling and work, ladies have been calling the photographs. Lots of the top-notch corporations have ladies staff who operate in capacities that was unimaginable a couple of a long time in the past. Sadly, for every progressive step lady has taken, there are lots of who’ve fallen on the wayside by giving in to drug abuse. A report by the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that whereas males usually tend to sniff out the existence of a brand new kind of drug and experiment with it, ladies these days are simply as more likely to get addicted. They’re additionally extra weak to creating cravings and succumbing to a remission. This might be as a result of medicine similar to ecstasy, heroin, LSD and cocaine may activate sure pathways within the mind that make a girl extra susceptible to addictions even after single or short-term use. An innocuous sleeping assist like Ambien, a prescription drug, can even set a series of habit, which is more durable for a girl to beat due to her distinctive physiology. So what makes ladies gullible to drug use? Listed below are a couple of causes: Despair and anxiousness extra prevalent in ladies than males: In line with the World Well being Group (WHO), gender is a crucial determinant for many psychological well being problems. Despair, anxiousness and bodily discomfort are extra obvious in ladies than males. Sadly, whereas extra ladies live with psychological problems, the chance of them ever in search of a therapist for therapy is negligible. As an alternative, it’s extra possible that they’d frequent the pharmacist for an over-the-counter (OTC) prescription tablet to decimate the blues or gasoline sufficient power (with a stimulant) to outlive one other day. Over time, this results in a continual cycle of use and misuse, and ultimately, they could begin experimenting with stronger medicine. Ladies expertise extra ache: Analysis has proved that girls expertise extra ache than males and for longer durations. Sadly, many cases of ladies’s complaints about continual ache are handed off as regular till the situation deteriorates. In lots of well being care settings, as an alternative of treating ache in an invasive method, painkillers are prescribed as if they’re popsicles. This can be the rationale why ladies change into hooked on prescription painkillers shortly. Extreme implications of marijuana use in ladies: Marijuana is a gateway drug, which implies a drug that wires the individual to experiment with stronger and addictive medicine. A previous analysis steered that since ladies have extra fluctuating quantities of estrogen, they’re extra delicate to the affect of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychotropic ingredient present in marijuana, and get tolerant to its use. Because of this they’ve a better tendency to relapse throughout withdrawal. This additionally makes them vulnerable to uncomfortable side effects like anxiousness and paranoia. Extreme drug dependence: In line with Lauren C. Balmert, lead creator of a research analyzing the dramatic spike of overdosing in ladies in Pennsylvania between 2010-2014, “Women are more prone to having accelerated progression from first drug use to substance abuse and often enter into treatment programs with more severe dependence than men.” In line with the research, the overdose loss of life charges unfold throughout a wider age group of 25-54 for white ladies and 35-64 for black ladies. Unintended effects of trauma and discrimination: Despite the truth that ladies have made speedy progress, discrimination remains to be rampant. Ladies are nonetheless being paid lesser salaries than males even when they’re engaged in the identical work profile, which is accountable for elevated stress ranges. They’re additionally prey to unwelcome solicitations at work, which may additional mar their prospects of emotional well-being. Ladies are equally anticipated to fulfil familial duties. All this together with traumatic occasions throughout being pregnant, motherhood and menopause add to their woes, and so they willfully succumb to medicine. Drug misuse and its pitfalls It’s important that girls are conscious of the pitfalls of drug use and habit. Whether or not it’s an adolescent lady experimenting with pot together with his/her friends, or a school lady taking over-the-counter tablet for a peaceable sleep at evening, drug abuse can quickly flip right into a catastrophe. Prevention packages needs to be targeted on educating ladies in regards to the perils of attempting dangerous substances and informing them about varied remedies out there. Equally, rehabilitation packages needs to be targeted on ladies’s general well-being and sustained restoration.