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Drug misuse causes major problems for women in India

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1118
  1. Sanjay Kumar
  1. New Delhi

    Women in India face greater problems from drug misuse than men do, although these sex differences do not show up clearly in official statistics, says a new study.

    The study, released last week by the United Nations International Drug Control Programme and India's Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, says that misuse of drugs has a serious impact on women as mothers, wives, and sisters of misusers, but this aspect has not been adequately addressed.

    “Such an impact becomes even more serious in a developing country like India where women are already disadvantaged,” says the report. The consequences include domestic …

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