Diké. Social conditioning factors in the health and lifestyle of hidden populations with addiction problems
The general objective of the programme is to generate knowledge in three areas: firstly, the analysis of conditioning factors in health and lifestyle, the hidden drug-dependent population, 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 live. We need to generate knowledge in order to improve their social conditions in terms of health, to reduce their marginalised lifestyle centred on addiction and to provide health care adapted to their needs and living conditions. Diké is justified because in Spain there is insufficient knowledge about the hidden population of drug addicts, 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, within the framework of subsidies to 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, the Community of Madrid, the Community of Valencia, the Principality of Asturias and the Region of Murcia. This gives it a wide scope and the capacity to carry out a comparative analysis of the needs presented by each territory.
Among the main needs, “Diké” highlights the need to improve the integration of the gender perspective in care programmes for drug-dependent populations that are particularly invisible, such as female users who engage in 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 engage in chemsex.
The programme provides for the analysis of good practices with the aim of generating knowledge of great social value for professionals in the field of social and health care for drug addicts. 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 health resources, so that they can adapt their treatments to women and hidden populations; and finally, two scientific articles dealing with current issues related to the main results of the study. For this study, both the participation of hidden populations and the participation of professionals in the field of drug addiction are essential factors in 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.