Women and drugs

Ed Day and Erin Turner

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Women and drugs

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The abuse of psychoactive drugs by women can be an emotive issue, particularly when drug use is felt to conflict with ‘traditional’ female roles such as child rearing. Despite the fact that drug use is not a particularly new phenomenon, very little research attention has been paid to the unique characteristics of female drug users until recently. This chapter will briefly describe the epidemiology, aetiology, and treatment of illicit drug use, whilst focusing on aspects of the issue that are experienced differently by women.

Chapter.  5384 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry ; Addiction Medicine

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