A gender-responsive approach is required to meet the needs of women who use drugs. This incorporates a consideration of women’s needs in all aspects of service design and delivery: structure and organisation, location, staffing (including access to female practitioners in all services), development, approach and content. These programmes may be female-only or a mixed-gender programme that incorporates specific services for women. There are specific needs of particular groups of women, but it is important to recognise that women with drug problems may be in more than one of these groups and that their circumstances will change over time.
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Published date:October 2017