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Risk Behaviours Among Older Women Who Use Drugs

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women
EditorsJulia Buxton, Giavana Margo, Lona Burger
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Chapter6
Pages59-66
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83982-882-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-83982-885-0
Published19 Nov 2020

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Abstract

The prevalence of older people who use drugs is increasing in many countries, with evidence that some women continue or begin illicit substance use in midlife and older age. While research on older people who use drugs is limited, evidence of risk behaviours among older women who use drugs is particularly inadequate. Unsafe drug use and sexual practices that are prolonged and sustained over many years increase the possibilities for poorer health, leading to potentially greater morbidity and early mortality among older drug users. This chapter is a timely contribution to the extant literature and explores our current knowledge of the risk behaviours of older women who use drugs.

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