Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 219–230

The establishment of a methadone treatment clinic for women in Tehran, Iran

  • Kate Dolan
  • Shabnam Salimi
  • Bijan Nassirimanesh
  • Setareh Mohsenifar
  • Azarakhsh Mokri
Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/jphp.2011.10

Cite this article as:
Dolan, K., Salimi, S., Nassirimanesh, B. et al. J Public Health Pol (2011) 32: 219. doi:10.1057/jphp.2011.10

Abstract

In Iran women are less likely than men to use drugs, but suffer greater morbidity, are stigmatised, and are less likely to seek treatment. In 2007, we established a clinic in Tehran for drug using women. We report here on our study of the 97 women who registered in the first year of operation. We profiled these women: demographics, drug use, risk behaviour, and use of services. The clinic's services were heavily used. We interviewed clients and staff about the clinic and learned that intensive help is needed for women trying to recover from years of drug use. We conclude that female drug users will make use of harm reduction services if they are provided in a setting designed and operated for women.

Commentary jphp.2011.11, available at www.palgrave-journals.com/jphp/, relates to this Article.

Keywords

women drug users Iran methadone HIV 

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate Dolan
    • 1
  • Shabnam Salimi
    • 2
  • Bijan Nassirimanesh
    • 3
  • Setareh Mohsenifar
    • 2
  • Azarakhsh Mokri
    • 2
  1. 1.Program of International Research and Training, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSWSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies, Tehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  3. 3.The Persepolis Centre, NGOIran

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