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A woman's place? Identifying the needs of female drug users and responses in drug treatment policy and practice

Patricia Trehan

The approach to this research is qualitative. The original purpose of the research was to attempt to establish why some women engage well with services and achieve their care-plan goals, whilst many others recognise that they need intervention and treatment, but refuse to engage with it. However, two major factors emerged during the interview phase, and these re-directed the research to address the following questions: • What are the real underlying causes of female drug use? and • Does the treatment system recognise them and make adequate provision for women?

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