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DAILY NEWS & ANALYSIS, MUMBAI
Sanghita Singh. New Delhi
(15 Sept 2006)
Addiction to alcohol, tobacco and over-the-counter drugs amongst women in Delhi is coming out in the open, thanks to a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) outreach programme that is being carried out in association with the Delhi government.
"We have tied up with the Department of Social Welfare and some NGOs on the Stri Shakti progamme. We are trying to look at drugs as a woman's issue, which is different from just looking at drug abuse from a general viewpoint," says Ashita Mittal of UNODC.
The progamme is also trying to estimate patterns of substance abuse by husbands and how they impact the lives of women.
"We are looking at establishing a connection between drug abuse by husbands and the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in women. The influence of alcohol or drugs usually leads to unprotected sex. We will offer strategies to cope with this," said a UN official.