National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol

The NACDA was established in response to the drug problem to assist in our continued need to improve our knowledge and understanding of problem drug use.

The goal of the NACDA is to advise the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on our analysis and interpretation of research findings.

Drug Use, Sex Work and the Risk Environment in Dublin


Drug Use, Sex Work and the Risk Environment in Dublin
Authors: Dr Gemma Cox (NACD) Dr Teresa Whitaker (NACD)
Published: May 2009
Pages: 208
File Size: 4,743 KB
Format: PDF

Executive Summary

Action 98 of the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008 required the NACD to carry out research on drug misuse among at-risk groups, including prostitutes/sex workers. In response, the NACD undertook this study to explore female and male problematic drug-using sex workers’ lived experience of risk, and how the risk environment can mediate the individual’s capacity to reduce the risk of harm. The concept of the risk environment was broadly defined as comprising risk factors that are external to the individual. Thus, the ‘environment’ encompasses not only the physical space within which drug-using sex workers live and work, but also the social, economic and policy environment.
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