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Women and substance use: a qualitative study on sexual and reproductive health of women who use drugs in Delhi, India
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    Re:Women and substance use: a qualitative study on sexual and reproductive health of women who use drugs in Delhi, India

    Dear Editor,
    This response is in relation to your article Women and substance use in Delhi India published on November 19th ,2017. Your article piqued my interest, because I am a female and also, a nursing student. The prevalence and effects of substance abuse amongst women is extremely important as it relates to the women’s health, reproductive health, mental health, sexual transmitted infections and childbearing.
    I agree that drug use among the female population is often stigmatized because it goes against female gender roles. The belief that women are only seen as nurturers, partners and mothers still exist today. Many cannot see beyond the soft femininity of women & gender roles that have been shaped by society from the beginning of time. According to, Hentchel et al (2019) men are characterized as more agentic than women, taking charge and being in control, and women are characterized as more communal than men, being attuned to others and building relationships.
    There are many factors that contribute to substance use in women. I understand the correlation made between substance use and socioeconomic demographics such as education, employment and financial income. Aside from socioeconomic demographics, abuse factors such as trauma and abusive relationships contribute to substance abuse. As stated in your article drug use pushes women into a chaotic lifestyle. According to Harvard Heath(2010) women face tougher challenges and tend to progress more...

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