Dr. Huan Gao is the author of "Women and Heroin Addiction in China's Changing Society," a groundbreaking book with important policy implications for both China and the international society in the context of increasing global concern about women's substance abuse.
Accompanying China's economic reform and open-door policy in 1978, illicit drug use emerged in the late 1980s, and gradually developed into a serious social problem. Heroin was the dominant illicit drug consumed in the new drug epidemic, and the number of female heroin users has increased rapidly in the country. While heroin use in China is soaring, little is known about women's heroin use in the context of China's rapidly changing society.
Dr. Gao is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in 2008. She is a former attorney in China with a Master of Law degree.
"Women and Heroin Addiction in China's Changing Society" will be published by Routledge in July.