UN: Female Drug Users Shun Treatment for Fear of Losing Children

Posted by | Alcohol and Drug Use, Treatment Programs | June 26, 2015

A recent report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has taken a closer look at the differences in rates of drug treatment between men and women. The World Drug Report explains that female drug users are much less likely to seek treatment than men, due to a variety of gender-based discrimination tactics. Many pregnant women and mothers fear that they will lose custody as a condition of drug treatment, preventing many from seeking the care they need. Cost of childcare, treatment, and transportation also stand as barriers to treatment.

“‘While one out of three drug users globally is a woman, only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman.’ Women are three times less likely than men to use cannabis, cocaine or amphetamines but more likely to misuse prescription drugs, according to the UNODC. Yet women who use drugs are at higher risk than male users of developing more severe health problems, the report said.”

Click here to read the full article by Kieran Guilbert for Reuters.

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