This study characterizes treatment-seeking female users of illicit drugs in Finland, and examines possible differences among women with or without children under 18.
The subjects were 2526 drug-using clients from the Helsinki metropolitan area, who sought treatment at Helsinki Deaconess Institute between 2001 and 2008. A total of 775 (30.6%) were females with complete information regarding their parental status. Of these, 225 (29%) had children under 18. The proportion of women with children varied between 20% and 30% annually, except in 2006, when it peaked at 40.5%.
Women with children were more likely to be somewhat older (p