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Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"...Because abortions are illegal, it is hard to get a complete picture of how women obtain them in El Salvador. What is clear beyond a doubt is that the advent of abortion drugs has completely altered illegal abortion" (para 7). "In El Salvador, and throughout Latin America, women find easy access to illegal abortion drugs via the Internet...Even in a poor country like El Salvador, almost everyone has a smartphone and, provided they have money and time, can go online to purchase the drugs that will end an unwanted pregnancy. To be sure, illegal abortion remains risky. Whether they use drugs or other means to terminate their pregnancies, many women...more
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"The National Health Plan 2006–2008 has identified a series of actions aimed at countering the effects of lifestyle heavily influenced by specific forms of dependence, which are major risk factors for health, with particular attention to the abuse of alcohol and the use of drugs" (91).
Feb. 18, 2021, 7:04 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

“When there is a food shortage, families resort to a far riskier method - taking chemicals designed to fatten up animals” (para 6). “There's an additional series health implications as the country battles a severe drought. The consequent food shortage has led to families turning to industrially-produced chemicals, sometimes meant only for animals, as an alternative way of fattening up. The team travel to a market in the country's capital Nouakchott where they film stallholders selling bottles and packets of drugs which are in theory only allowed to be sold legally by licenced pharmacies. The team manages to buy bottles of a steroid, dexamethasone, which affects the body's metabolism, and...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

“From an estimated 200,000 opium and heroin addicts in 2005, the number rose to nearly a million in 2009 and reached between 1.9 million to 2.4 million in 2015, the United Nations reported. The growing number of addicts reflects the octopus-like reach of opium and heroin. Husbands often addict wives, and mothers often addict children — by using opium while pregnant, by exposing the children to secondhand opium smoke and by using a pinch of opium to calm them when they are fussing” (para. 6). “One of the biggest rehabilitation centers for women is in Kabul: the 100-bed National Center for the Treatment of Addiction for Women and Children, headed...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"There is a significant overlap between mental health issues and substance abuse among women in prison, with most women who are substance dependent also reporting a mental illness" (19).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"And yet here in the region of Shinyanga, the practice of kupura is validated by the oft-recited motto of Sukuma men: alcohol, meat and vagina. 'This slogan is in their blood and a way of life,' says Revocatus Itendelebanya. 'These are the three things they feel entitled to as men' (para 2-3).
Dec. 31, 2020, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"One girl, who was in detention in juvenile hall, entered the courtroom through a guarded, Brinks-like door. The police had found her passed out on an Oakland street, having injected drugs she could not identify. Another young woman, the daughter of a methamphetamine addict, was 'sold' by her mother to an uncle in the Central Valley who sexually exploited her in exchange for drugs" (para 14).
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"However, the Committee notes with concern: (a) The high rates of alcohol abuse and alcohol-related deaths among young women" (10).
June 5, 2020, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Tables 3.11.1 and 3.11.2 show that tobacco smoking is quite common in Papua New Guinea. Over one-quarter (26%) of women smoke cigarettes and other types of tobacco, with cigarettes used only slightly more than other types of tobacco like pipes, brus, and spear rolls. Men are even more likely than women to smoke any type of tobacco; 60% smoke and over half (54%) smoke daily. Men are more likely to smoke other types of tobacco than cigarettes. Among men who smoke cigarettes daily, half (49%) smoke fewer than five cigarettes each day; 26% of daily cigarette smokers smoke 5-9 cigarettes, while another 26% smoke 10 or more cigarettes each day...more
April 14, 2020, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Figure 3.14 shows that cigarette smoking and use of any type of tobacco are rare among women (less than 3%). Three in four men use tobacco, and almost all smoke cigarettes" (33).
March 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2, MISA-DATA-2

"Table 3.10.1 shows that cigarette smoking and use of any type of tobacco are not common among women (less than 3%). On the other hand, 4 in 10 men smoke any type of tobacco (42%), among whom almost all smoke cigarettes (Table 3.10.2). Among men who smoke cigarettes daily, close to one-half (45%) smoke 15-24 cigarettes each day; 9% of daily cigarette smokers smoke 25 or more cigarettes each day (Table 3.11)" (38).
Dec. 16, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Recent reports have found an uptick in overdose deaths among black Americans, but the deaths of poor white men in the US continue to make up a disproportionate number of deaths" (para 18). "The opioid epidemic is thought to have reached its peak in 2017. By last October, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar proclaimed that the epidemic was far from over, but that it might finally be starting to ebb. The end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 saw the first downturns in overdose deaths since the epidemic began" (para 21-23).
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, MISA-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee regrets the lack of information on alcohol addiction and of any study on mental health issues and the scope and causes of suicide among women in the State party." (para 37).
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Nevertheless, it is concerned that mental illness and drug and alcohol use have increased, especially among young women" (11).
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the commitment of the State party to reviewing its drug policy with a view to shifting from a criminal to a public health and harm reduction approach. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned about the excessive use of incarceration as a drug-control measure against women and the ensuing female overpopulation in prison. The Committee is also concerned about the significant legislative and administrative barriers women face in terms of access to supervised consumption services, especially in the light of the continuing nationwide opioid overdose crisis" (15-16). "Repeal the Respect for Communities Act (2015) and establish a transparent process for exemptions permitting the operation of supervised consumption services without...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Increased production and use of opium, heroin, and methamphetamines and the Government’s failure address the drug problem puts women at increased risk of life-threatening violence, trafficking and economic deprivation" (page 18). "Women and children carry much of the burden of the impact of illicit drugs as men are most likely to be drug users in the community. Due to their husband’s drug use, married women of drug users are commonly left with all the burdens of raising a family, including income generation, household work and childcare; In the family of drug addicted, there are increased rates of violence and instability and increased hardship for the family as they tend to...more
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"According to table 3.9.1, almost all women are non-consumers of tobacco (95%) . . . Compared to women, the proportion of men who consume tobacco is higher (23% versus 5%). Nearly one man out of five smokes cigarettes (19%) and 7% use other forms of tobacco" (page 40).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"The WHO has also made a link between easy access to poison and increased suicide rates. And in Afghanistan, one problem is that poisonous substances are easily accessible. 'In the past few years, it has become easier for people to get hold of medicines and other substances,' Mohammad Rafiq Shirazi, spokesman for Herat's main hospital, told the BBC Afghan Service" (para 19-21).
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Increase in tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and HIV among women and the problem of alcoholism and drug addiction among women" (Pg 14).
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Miruma is a residential facility at Cessnock in NSW, which provides a diversionary programme for women with co-existing mental health disorders and long-term alcohol and other drug issues. In 2013–14, a total of 52 women participated in the Miruma Programme, up from 42 participants in 2012–13. A total of 63 per cent completed the programme and of these, 79 per cent were released to stable accommodation" (Pg 43).
Feb. 26, 2018, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Alcoholic husband was the reason for early widowhood of Chaganti Sammakka too from Thimmapur village of Warangal. Her husband, who was a farmhand was heavily into drinking and left her with two sons, one mentally unsound. Though cheap liquor has been controlled after the Telangana Government cracked the whip against it, that has resulted only in increased sales of ‘brand’ liquor, the women say" (Para 7-8).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Collaboration between government agencies has been strengthened and attention has been drawn to the risk of violence in particularly vulnerable situations such as exposure to honour-related violence and oppression, violence against women with disabilities and women substance abusers" (page 11-12).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is further concerned about…The high level of tobacco consumption among girls compared with the level among boys" (13).
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"So far, over 3,000 defendants have passed through their doors. The concept behind the HTIC [Human Trafficking Intervention Court] is to help women caught up in the sex trade, to recover from their experiences, and to exit prostitution. A defendant can be referred to drug treatment or immigrant legal services, as well as being offered general support and counselling"(para 2)
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"Prewitt said it's important to keep in mind the impact that co-parenting would have on the mother, who always would be confronted with the trauma of her rape. 'It has a really negative affect on women. They're more likely to abuse alcohol; they may not be able to hold a job. ... All these kinds of issues might arise,' Prewitt said. 'It's more like suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. And when you have two parents who cannot co-parent ... you have a certain situation where one parent's rights have to fall away. In this circumstance, it should be the one who committed the bad act'"(para 40).The article estimates that 5,000...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 11:02 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2, MISA-DATA-2

"Women are more likely to have issues with mental illness or addiction, and more likely to have minor children at home who depend on them"(para 3)."Through the eyes of our students, I have seen firsthand the lifelong disadvantages—and systemic injustices—that have landed so many women in prison. I’ve spoken with women who have committed crimes to feed their kids, or as a result of mental illness and addiction, or in some cases because crime had become a cycle of survival in their families and communities"(para 6)
Feb. 10, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2, MISA-DATA-2

"The Committee is also concerned at the lack of data on women drug users in the society and in prisons who are in need of drug dependency treatment and who are living with HIV/AIDS" (8)
Nov. 11, 2016, 10:52 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

"The nongovernmental organization (NGO) Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados (BPW Barbados) operated a crisis center staffed by trained counselors and provided advocacy, crisis and police intervention, and referral services to community resources including legal, medical, addiction, and substance abuse" (8).
Oct. 8, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2, MISA-DATA-2

“Forty-two percent of men and 8% of women age 15-49 use tobacco products” (31). “Ninety-two percent of women and 58% of men age 15-49 reported that they do not use any tobacco product (Tables 3.9.1 and 3.9.2). Among women who use tobacco products, the vast majority use snuff; among men who use tobacco products, nearly all smoke cigarettes (Figure 3.5). Among men who smoke cigarettes, one in six men (16%) reported smoking 10 or more cigarettes in the 24 hours prior to the interview” (35). “Tobacco use among men has increased since 2009, from 35% to 42%. During this period, tobacco use among women has remained stable (9% in 2009...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2, MISA-DATA-2

“The majority of women in Nigeria do not use tobacco (data not shown). Thus, an in-depth assessment of tobacco smoking among women is not possible. Table 3.9 shows that 92 percent of men in Nigeria do not smoke tobacco” (52). “The majority of men who use tobacco tend to smoke cigarettes (7 percent). Cigarette smoking among men is highest in the 30-34 and 40-44 age groups (10 percent each). Men in the South East (17 percent) are more likely to use tobacco products than those in the other zones. Tobacco use is highest among men with a primary education (17 percent)” (52). “Among men who smoke, 25 percent smoked 10...more