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Advancing the health of girls and women in BC: a provincial women's health strategy  
http://www.bcifv.org/resources/newsletter/2005/summer/advancing.shtml
Looks at the connection between gender-based violence as a feature of women's mental health and addiction. (See Details)
Published: 2005
Women and addictions - program resource kit
Presents the agendas of three teleconference calls organised by the Educational Plannign and Design Associates to discuss various aspects of women's addictions. Explores what is known about women, alcohol, tobacco and other mood altering drugs. Includes handouts on persons with disabilities and addictions, and The Three Rs: recognizing, reaching, and referring women with addictions. Also examines women's personal experiences in dealing with alcohol, tobacco and other mood altering drugs. Identifies prevention and treatment strategies for women, and what women can do to facilitate necessary change.
Published: 1992
A motherhood issue: discourses on mothering under duress  
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/pubs/pubspr/0662326791/index_e.html
Analyzes the policy discourse as it pertains to women in three situations of mothering under duress (women who use substances, mothers who are subjected to violence and women who experience mental illness). (See Details)
Published: 2002
Drug wise: a book about safe drug use for older women who are caregivers
Provides information and suggestions for identifying and dealing with drug problems in older people as well as preventing alcohol and drug problems in caregivers. Examines the effects of and problems associated with: mood-altering prescription drugs (tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and anti-depressants); alcohol; physical health prescription drugs; and over-the-counter durgs. Details the reasons for drug and alcohol abuse in older women, including depression. Discusses the problems with short-term drug use and long-term drug use, such as drug interactions, tolerance, and withdrawal. Provides information specifically for caregivers on how to survive caregiving and how to get help.
Published: 1992
Women and the tobacco epidemic: challenges for the 21st century  
http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2001/WHO_NMH_TFI_01.1.pdf
Contributes to the global effort to confront and control the tobacco epidemic. Reviews the most current data and provides overviews concerning the global situation. Examines topics which range from prevalence of tobacco use among women and girls to addiction and treatment. Also deals with the critical issues of national economic policy, international treaties and strategies for mobilization at regional and international levels. Addresses concerns of tobacco control policymakers, public health advocates, economic planners, as well as women leaders. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Policy guide: Addiction services for women   
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/acsw_policyguid.pdf
Addresses the particular addiction circumstances and concerns of women in PEI because research suggests that the roots of women’s addictions are different, their physical interactions with addictive substances are different, their addiction patterns are different, and their service needs are different than those of men. Article begins by giving addiction service provision history of PEI noting that previous models take men's relationships to addiciton as their starting points. Article then discusses the particular ways that women experience addiction differently than men. Concludes with recommendations for service provision for women. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Drug wise: a book for older women about safe drug use
Provides information on safe drug use for women over the age of 55. Explains how alcohol and drugs have a greater effect on older women, how older women are given the most prescriptions for drugs and often take several different kinds of drugs. Discusses mood-altering prescription drugs (tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and anti-depressants); alcohol; physical health drugs (drugs your doctor prescribes for medical problems); and over-the-counter drugs. Examines the problems caused by short-term use of drugs as well as those caused by long-term drug use. Includes suggestions on how to interact with your doctor, your rights as a patient, and how to work with your pharmacist.
Published: 1992
Fact sheet: Addiction services for women  
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/acsw_factsheet.pdf
Explores issues relevant to better meet the unique needs of women who experience addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, and cross-addictions. Asks such questions as: why don’t Island women use Addiction Services as fully as Island men, what are the major issues for an Island woman addict, what kind of service do Island women want, and will these service needs continue in the future? Points to different needs from addiction services for women than men and ways that Island Addiction services can address these differences. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Alcohol and other drug problems and B.C. women: a report to the Minister of Health from the Minister's Advisory Council on Wome  
http://www.healthservices.gov.bc.ca/whb/publications/alcohol.html
Provides a framework for addressing women's substance use focusing on women-centered care and a continuum of alcohol and drug related services. Includes recommendations. (See Details)
Published: 1997
The three R's: recognizing, reaching, and referring women with addictions: a guide for caregivers
Provides practical and theoretical information in order to help caregivers in recognizing, reaching, and referring women with substance abuse problems.
Published: 1991