Diké. Social conditioning factors in the health and lifestyle of hidden populations with addiction problems
The general objective of the programme is aimed at the generation of knowledge in three areas: firstly, the analysis of the conditioning factors in health and lifestyle, hidden drug-dependent populations and the generation of knowledge in social and health care and the analysis of good practices. The need that justifies the implementation of the DIKÉ programme is the extreme situation of marginalisation in which tens of thousands of drug addicts survive. We need to generate knowledge to improve their social conditions in terms of health, mitigate their marginal lifestyle centred on addiction and offer health care adapted to their needs and conditions of existence. Diké is justified because in Spain there is insufficient knowledge about hidden drug-dependent populations, especially women.
The Diké Programme “Social conditioning factors in the health and lifestyle of hidden populations with addiction problems” carried out by Episteme Social is a study funded by the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 in the framework of the subsidies for entities that carry out activities of general interest considered to be of social interest from the IRPF tax allocation.
The Programme will be implemented in seven Autonomous Communities: Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia, Community of Madrid, Community of Valencia, Principality of Asturias and Region of Murcia. Thus demonstrating a great scope and capacity to offer a comparative analysis of the needs presented by each territory.
Among the main needs, “Diké” gives importance to the need to improve the incorporation of the gender perspective in the care programmes for drug-dependent populations that are particularly invisible, such as female consumers who carry out sex work out of necessity, drug-dependent women of gypsy ethnicity and men from the gay drug-dependent collective in a situation of exclusion who carry out Chemsex.
The Programme contemplates an analysis of good practices with the aim of generating knowledge with an important social utility for professionals in the field of social and health care in drug addictions. The final objective of Diké will be the elaboration of a final report of analysis and main results, secondly, the elaboration of a protocol with a gender perspective within the reach of healthcare resources so that they can adapt their treatments to women and hidden populations, and finally two scientific articles that delve into current issues related to the main findings of the study. For this study, both the participation of hidden populations and the participation of professionals in the field of drug dependence is an essential factor for approaching a situational reality. A clear example of Episteme’s commitment to social research aimed at improving public policies on a scientific, democratic and transparent basis.
Gender perspective, ethnic minorities, chemsex, sex workers, drug addiction.