ERIC Number: ED192200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-13
Reference Count: N/A
Women's Dependency on Prescription Drugs; Hearing Before the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House.
This record of the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control contains testimonies addressing the problems facing drug abusing women. The extensive prescribing of legal drugs such as tranquilizers, sedatives, pain killers, and stimulants is examined. The problems of polydrug abuse and alcohol abuse in combination with other drugs are also explored. A member of Women-Together, Inc., a self-help counseling and peer therapy group, describes her problems with prescription drug abuse and how she worked to overcome addiction. A psychiatrist/psychoanalyst presents testimony on the miseducation of doctors about mind-drugs and on the various advertising policies and gimmicks used by drug companies to attract physician use of their products. Sexism in drug advertising is also discussed. The treatment procedures for drug-dependent women used by various programs are described in testimonies by women associated with those programs. A final testimony concentrates on prescription drug abuse by middle-aged black women. A section on Women and Pills reports on women's vulnerability to prescription drug abuse, lists eight danger signals of addiction, and presents a complete chart of the 12 most abused drugs. (NRB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House.