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(2016) Guidelines on drug prevention and treatment for girls and women. Vienna: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 61 p.

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Although overall drug use remains low among women, with men three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine or amphetamines, women are more likely than men to misuse prescription drugs, particularly prescription opioids and tranquillizers (UNODC, 2015). In addition, as described later in the document, there are indications that this ‘gender gap’ might be closing among girls. Yet, as it will become clear, only a very limited number of substance use prevention strategies target girls specifically and it cannot be assumed that existing evidence-based substance use prevention strategies benefit girls as much as they do boys. Moreover, it is estimated that, while one out of three drug users is a woman, only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman. (UNODC, 2015).

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD prevention
Pages:61 p.
Publisher:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Place of Publication:Vienna
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Targeted prevention
T Demographic characteristics > Woman (women / female)
VA Geographic area > International aspects

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