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Kensy, Julia and Stengel, Camille and Nougier, Marie and Birgin, Ruth [IDPC] . (2012) Drug policy and women: Addressing the negative consequences of harmful drug control. London: International Drug Policy Consortium. 21 p.

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A number of reports have documented the negative consequences of current prohibitionist drug control policies on health, human rights and development,1 and these are the subject of growing international attention.2 The past thirty years has also seen a growing number of studies on women’s participation in all levels of the drug trade. However, limited research currently exists on the particular impact of drug control on women. This briefing paper focuses on this gap.

This briefing aims to highlight the effects of drug policy on women as producers, suppliers and consumers of drugs in order to inform and guide policy makers on practices that should be avoided, as well as highlight those policies which effectively incorporate and address women’s needs. This briefing also features ‘snapshots’ from women and service providers working with women that are affected by drug policies. These snapshots explore the complex consequences that drug policies have on both individuals and services. Such snapshots also highlight examples of interventions that seek to address the negative consequences of drug control and provide positive support to women


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, AOD disorder
Source:IDPC
Date:November 2012
Pages:21 p.
Publisher:International Drug Policy Consortium
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Supply reduction policy
T Demographic characteristics > Woman (women / female)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Political process > Advocacy
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
VA Geographic area > International aspects
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural discrimination concepts > Prejudice (stigma / discrimination)
T Demographic characteristics > Gender differences
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences

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