Alarming Gender Disparity In Drug Abuse Cases In Maun


The coordinator of the Ngami District Health Management Team (DHMT) Dr Sandra Maripe has revealed that males comprise an overwhelming majority of people seeking treatment for drug- abuse related conditions within the health system.

Speaking at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) anti drugs launch campaign in Maun recently, Dr Maripe stated that an average of 95% of all drug users taken into the health system for treatment were male. Citing data from 2022 and 2023, she revealed that out of a total of 341 cases in 2022, 327 were males, compared to just 14 females.

Although the numbers slightly decreased to 331 cases in 2023, males still dominated the statistics, with 316 cases reported, as opposed to 19 females.

Further analysis by Dr. Maripe highlighted that the majority of cases fell within the demographic between the ages of 15 and 25, followed by those aged 26 to 36, with individuals aged 36 and above being the minority. However, she cautioned that the reported cases represented only a fraction of the actual instances of drug abuse prevalent in society.

Among the substances identified as most commonly abused were marijuana, alcohol, and CAT (methcathinone). She further emphasised that this surge in drug abuse cases has placed significant strain on the health system, which is ill-equipped to handle the escalating crisis.

With just one psychiatrist, ten nurses, and one social worker trained to address drug abuse issues, services are overstretched leading to potential delays in access to care.

Arturo Hernandez, a Psychiatrist at Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital, underscored the challenges posed by the shortage of trained professionals in the district. He explained that such deficiencies hinder the provision of adequate care, exacerbating the situation.

Research studies suggest that males may turn to drug use as a coping mechanism for stress, emotional distress, or mental health issues. Societal expectations surrounding masculinity often deter males from seeking help for mental health concerns, prompting self-medication through substance abuse. Additionally, male social networks heavily influence behavior, with peer pressure and the desire to fit in driving increased drug experimentation and use.

Hernandez stressed the urgent need for rehabilitation centers within the region to assist individuals struggling with substance abuse in their journey to recovery. He appealed to communities to actively participate in combating drug abuse by supporting at-risk individuals and promoting healthier activities that discourage drug use.

As the DEA campaign continues to raise awareness and advocate for intervention strategies, the alarming gender gap in drug abuse cases underscores the pressing need for male targeted initiatives to address this growing epidemic in Maun and beyond.


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