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When women who use drugs are detained, their access to harm reduction services is severely lacking.
Punitive drug policies disproportionately impact women, and drug use and drug offences are a significant contributor to the incarceration of women around the world. In fact, a higher proportion of women than men are imprisoned for drug-related offences.
This briefing draws on focus group discussions and interviews held with women in Durban, South Africa and Barcelona, Spain, and seeks to paint a picture of the barriers women face when accessing harm reduction services in prisons.