ABSTRACT

“Women’s Amphetamine and Cocaine Abuse,” presents and discusses two other psychostimulants commonly abused by women: (1) amphetamines, particularly methamphetamine “Crank,” “Crystal Meth”), which is available and commonly intravenously injected, or inhaled into the lungs (i.e., smoked); and (2) cocaine (“blow,” “C,” “coke”), including cocaine hydrochloride, or powder, which is usually nasally insufflated (i.e., “snorted”) or intravenously injected, and cocaine base, or “crack” cocaine, which is usually vaporized and inhaled. Of continuing concern during the new millennium, violence against women that involves various drugs and substances of abuse is most often associated with the abuse of amphetamines and cocaine. (Also see Chapter 2, Women’s Alcohol Abuse, for a related discussion of violence against women involving alcohol abuse.) This violence commonly occurs in several major contexts and locations, including: (1) crack houses; (2) domestic residences, particularly in the embedded context of “intimate partner violence” (IPV); (3) homeless abodes for women “living on the street”; and (4) hotels/motels, automobiles, and trucks, particularly for women involved in the sex trade.