Beating Drug Addiction in Tehran: A Women's Clinic
by Dr. Kate Dolan
Pub Date 15 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 8 Oct 2021
Interactive Publications Pty Ltd, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Dr Dolan’s book details the intimate lives of four Iranian women, their struggle with drugs and the daily grind they faced in their personal lives.
Surprisingly, Iran responded well to its AIDS crisis but forgot to include female drug users. While Dr Dolan delivered training to Iranian prison doctors, she met women who were addicted to drugs and were desperately in need of treatment. With her health professional colleagues in Iran, she set out to establish the first drug treatment clinic for women. She was granted access to areas and people not normally afforded to outsiders.
One of the most interesting aspect of the clinic was the safe room that allowed women to remove their hejabs, smoke cigarettes and reveal their life stories. Working at the clinic challenged assumptions Dr Dolan had of Iran and its people. She came away with insights that are rare even in the world of international development.
A Note From the Publisher
“Dolan draws from her vast international experience, weaving together the history and epidemiology of drug use in Iran with a tapestry of incredible, heart-rending stories from Iranian women experiencing the darkest depths of addiction. For readers who thought that epidemiologists were just ‘bean counters’, you’re in for the shock of your lives.”
– Steffanie Strathdee, PhD Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor, UCSD Department of Medicine
“This deftly crafted recollection recounts a decade-long quest to have methadone programs embedded in an Iranian prison. Kate’s multi-layered narrative takes us through the multitude of people, governments, policies, religions, moral imperatives and myths that swirl around any new drug and alcohol-related activity. Her mission was a matter of life and death.”
– Jude Byrne, Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League