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While research continues to demonstrate how trauma and gender influence substance use in diverse groups and populations, service providers should remember that many individuals they work with cross multiple subpopulations and may experience numerous and complex impacts from trauma. An increased awareness of these intersections can help service providers identify the unique strengths and perspectives of their clients/ patients and develop tailored approaches to best meeting their concerns and needs. Gender-informed approaches to services improve access and satisfaction with service provision. Gender specific services can also improve safety, especially for women and transgender people, and respond to the preferences and concerns of diverse gender groups. Further, evidence about sex specific effects of opioids, drugs, or various treatments can be incorporated into your practice. For more information about integrating trauma, gender and sex informed approaches into your practice see New Terrain: Tools to Integrate Trauma and Gender Informed Responses into Substance Use Practice and Policy