In Utah, 58% percent of women who sought out drug treatment had children living with them at home.
Women of childbearing age are the biggest users of meth, and they don’t fit in well with our stereotypical perception of the typical meth addict. Moms are on meth, and unless we reduce the scale of this meth epidemic, the repercussions in a generation to come, when these meth-mom raised kids grow up, will be tragic.
Getting mothers into treatment saves everyone money. The cost to jail a meth using woman in Utah is $25 700 and if that woman has kids that need to be placed into foster care, the cost increases by $33 000, per year, per child.
In contrast, the cost to treat a meth using mom is $3500 per year, and in most cases, kids can safely remain in the home with their moms. Treatment beats incarceration hands down. It benefits society, it helps women beat terrible addictions, and it saves kids from an institutional upbringing.
Getting a meth using women into treatment is always the right thing to do.
Wondering if a woman you know is struggling with meth?
Be concerned if you witness symptoms of meth abuse, such as:
- Erratic sleep patterns
- Isolation from friends and family
- Mood changes (includes hostility, abusive behavior, depression)
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Lack of interest in normal activities
- Poor judgment
Or take the warning signs quiz on meth addiction, at End Meth Now