Use of health care services by women who use crack cocaine

Lisa R. Metsch, H. Virginia McCoy, Clyde B. McCoy, Christine C. Miles, Brian R. Edlin, Margaret Pereyra

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Chronic drug users demonstrate a need for access to health care due to both acute health problems related directly to substance use and to other existing medical problems. This study attempts to examine how women differ from men in their utilization of health services. Also, it analyzes how crack use affects men and women differentially. The study population is a community-based sample of 624, comprised equally of men and women, as well as crack users and non-users of crack. Results indicate that women utilized health care more than men; however, crack use among women appears to be an inhibitory factor in the utilization of health services by women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-51
Number of pages17
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Chronic drug use
  • Crack cocaine
  • Health care utilization
  • Health services
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Gender Studies


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