The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides a comprehensive look at drug use patterns in the US, including insightful information about gender differentials in substance abuse. The 2013 NSDUH results note several instances where there are marked difference between men and women in terms of drug abuse. The following 2013 NSDUH results highlight such differentials:
- In the 12 and older age group, the rate of current unlawful drug use among males (11.5 percent) is greater than among females (7.3 percent).
- Males are more likely than females to currently abuse several different unlawful drugs (i.e., poly-drug abuse).
- In terms of particular drugs of abuse, of those Americans aged 12 and older, there were a greater number of male marijuana users (9.7 percent) versus female (5.6 percent), cocaine (0.8 versus 0.4 percent), and hallucinogens (0.7 versus 0.3 percent).
- In the 12 and older age group, more males (10.8 percent) than females (5.8 percent) were substance-dependent or substance abusers.