Some women pick up drug habit to save relationships

Inmates at Changi Prison Complex's A4 Institution, which is for female prisoners.
Inmates at Changi Prison Complex's A4 Institution, which is for female prisoners.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

They do so to get closer to partners who are addicts or to mend broken ties: Counsellors

About three in four women in prisons here are locked up for drug offences, with many having started on the habit because of their partners.

Counsellors who work with female addicts say the women do it to seek the approval of their drug-addict partners and sometimes to mend damaged relationships.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2019, with the headline 'Some women pick up drug habit to save relationships'. Print Edition | Subscribe