Women and Addiction Forum

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

By Addiction Policy Forum



The Addiction Policy Forum’s event on “Women and Addiction” brought together experts, advocates, and lawmakers for a conversation on the unique challenges and concerns facing women struggling with substance abuse. Featured speakers included Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Boticelli.



Addiction Policy Forum Event Highlights Need For Stronger Substance Abuse Treatment for Women


On July 22, 2014, the Addiction Policy Forum hosted the second event in its Congressional Addiction Forum series, a panel discussion focusing on substance abuse issues confronting women. In addition to a diverse set of experts, the event featured keynote remarks from Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Boticelli.


Speakers highlighted the unique risks and challenges facing women. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the rate of fatal overdoses among wome