In Nevada, there are now nearly as many female opioid overdose deaths annually as there are male opioid overdose deaths, with women accounting for 46% of the total. In addition, heroin-related deaths in women have increased at twice the rate of heroin-related deaths in men between 1999-2015. It’s also a major factor in why a large percentage of women are incarcerated, according to Associate Warden Najera at the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center, located in Las Vegas.
That’s why the work Extension is doing inside the correctional center and at women’s rehabilitation centers is so important. The Healthy Steps to Freedom Program recognizes that effective treatment is not one-size-fits-all and focuses on gender-responsive programming, designed specifically with the needs of women in mind, helping to educate the women on health and body image issues that often lead them down the path of addiction.