Women and Methamphetamine: A Review of Current Research

Robert B. Jenkot, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

This review examines the interaction between women and methamphetamine use, sales, and production. Particular attention is paid to parallels with crack cocaine and asosciation with outlaw motorcycle groups. Evidence suggests that women involved with methamphetamine are often relegated to a secondary social status. The secondary social status is often displayed through patriarchal organizations and compulsory heterosexuality intensified by illicit drug use. In many areas women's methamphetamine use rates are on par with male use rates. However the evolution of women's methamphetamine use appears to differ from men's experiences. Further, the effect of addiction to methamphetamine is also considered.

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