Sex ratio among opium addicts in Asia: Influences of drug availability and sampling method

Joseph J Westermeyer

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Abstract

The literature on opium addiction in Asia reveals widely different sex ratios. Analysis of these reports indicates that community surveys provide the most reliable and valid ratios. Surveys in psychiatric hospitals appear to overreport women, while case registers and surveys in addiction treatment facilities, vends and dens overreport men. The relative proportion of female addicts is greatest in poppy-producing areas and in communities with high prevalence rates of addiction. Instrumental mechanisms for these observations are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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