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Title: Drug Use in Nepal: The View From the Street
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:32  Issue:7 & 8  Dated:special issue (June 1997)  Pages:987-1004
Author(s): J M Jutkowitz; H Spielmann; U Koehler; J Lohani; A Pande
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: US Agency for International Development
Washington, DC 20523-1000
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used qualitative research techniques to examine heroin use in Nepal; the specific focus was on the life histories of 16 heroin users in Kathmandu who were street children or otherwise displaced.
Abstract: The 16 cases demonstrated the initiation of drug use in Nepal is a complex process that includes certain personality traits; an early history of culturally acceptable use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and hashish; peer influences; and the specific social setting of users. Outside or foreign influences do not constitute a single determinant of drug use. Factors specific to the Nepali scene include the traditional association of forms of marijuana with certain religious contexts and heroin availability. An additional factor is the poverty of the urban setting. The approach used in Nepal to deal with drugs primarily involves realization of the role played by the interaction between personality and social setting. 14 references, 6 notes, and 1 table
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Drug abuse; Drug research; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Hashish; Heroin; Homeless children; Juvenile drug abusers; Marijuana; Nepal; Peer influences on behavior; Personality assessment; Poverty and crime; Shoplifting; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking; Urban area studies
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