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« What a man can do, a woman can do better »: women farmers, livelihood and drug abuse in Adamawa State, northeastern Nigeria.

J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2021 Jan 29;:1-26

Authors: Owonikoko SB, Suleiman JBA, Maibaka WK, Tasiu N

Drug and substance abuse among female population is on the rise but yet to be given adequate scholarly attention. This study examines how women farmers in Adamawa State are engaging in drug and substance abuse to enhance their farming livelihood practices and the implications of their action for health and social cohesion around their communities. Using data collected from interviews and observations, the study discovered that rising female-breadwinning in the study area put a lot of pressure on women to engage in farming as owners, hired or eclectic farmers. To be able to withstand the stress of farming, some engage in the use of psychotropic stimulant substances to enhance their performance. The study also discovered that the most abused substances are cannabis and tramadol due to affordability and availability. On the other hand however, the study found out that increasing indulgence of women in substance abuse is already impacting on spousal relationship between the women indulging in substance abuse and their husbands. The study recommended that government of Adamawa State should enforce in full, the Adamawa State Unclassified (Local Substances) Abuse Law 2015 by establishing a rehabilitation center for correction and reformation of addicts in the state. Furthermore, it is also recommended that all stakeholders should give empowerment of women in the state serious attention.

PMID: 33511921 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Source: ncbi 2

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