Dr Dolan’s book details the intimate lives of four Iranian women, their struggle with drugs and the daily grind they faced in their personal lives. Working at the clinic challenged assumptions Dr Dolan had of Iran and its people. She came away with insights that are rare.
Dolan draws from her vast international experience, weaving together the history and epidemiology of drug use in Iran with a tapestry of incredible, heart-rending stories from Iranian women experiencing the darkest depths of addiction. For readers who thought that epidemiologists were just ‘bean counters’, you’re in for the shock of your lives.
– Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor, UCSD Department of Medicine
This deftly crafted recollection recounts a decade-long quest to have methadone programs embedded in an Iranian prison. Kate’s multi-layered narrative takes us through the multitude of people, governments, policies, religions, moral imperatives and myths that swirl around any new drug and alcohol-related activity. Her mission was a matter of life and death.
– Jude Byrne, Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League