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Women and Drugs

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Women and men may face unique issues when it comes to substance use, as a result of both sex and gender. Sex differences result from biology, or being genetically female or male, while gender differences are based on culturally defined roles for men and women, as well as those who feel uncomfortable identifying with either category; such roles influence how people perceive themselves and how they interact with others. Sex and gender can also interact with each other to create even more complex differences between men and women. Read the DrugFacts

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Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Research on Women’s Health

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health has published a Request for Information (RFI) on the next Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Research on Women’s Health.  It can be found in the NIH Guide (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-108.html).  We would appreciate everyone’s thoughts on our preliminary goals for the future of research on women’s health.  A link within the RFI will take you to a form where you can submit your ideas. We are requesting feedback by November 10, 2017

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    NIDA. (2015, September 1). Women and Drugs. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/women-drugs

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