Overall, 7.3 percent (4.3 million) of women age 15-44 in 1995 had used an illicit drug in the past month. The corresponding rate for men age 15-44 was 11.6 percent.
Of the 4.3 million women age 15-44 who were current illicit drug users in 1995, more than 1.6 million had children living with them, including 390,000 with at least one child under 2 years of age.
Among women age 15-44 with no children and who were not pregnant, 9.3 percent were current illicit drug users. Only 2.3 percent of pregnant women were current drug users, which suggests that most women may reduce their drug use when they become pregnant. However, women who recently gave birth (have a child under 2 years old, and not pregnant) had a rate of use of 5.5 percent, suggesting that many women resume their drug use after giving birth.