High-Risk Behavior in Female Addicts

High-Risk Behavior in Female AddictsHigh-Risk Behavior in Female Addicts

A recent nationwide study shows that the average age of women addicted to narcotics who were involved in high-risk behaviors was 35, said Mohsen Roshan Pajouh, deputy for addiction prevention at the State Welfare Organization.

Called Rapid Assessment and Response, the study was conducted by the Prevention and Treatment Office at Iran’s Drug Control Headquarter in 21 provinces, IRNA reported. “Sharing needles or other injection tools and unprotected intercourse were two risky behaviors that were studied,” he said, adding that the average age at first injection for women was 24.5. The study also suggests that around 11% of all drug addicts are women. The study took place over 25 weeks. It was not a self-report study and data were collected from different NGOs and relevant state-run institutions.


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