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NCJ Number: 156249 Find in a Library
Title: Taking Care of Business: The Heroin User's Life on the Street (From It's So Good, Don't Even Try It Once, P 97-118, 1972, David E Smith and George R Gay, eds.)
Author(s): E Preble; J J Casey Jr
Date Published: 1972
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice-Hall, Inc
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Sale Source: Prentice-Hall, Inc
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The life and activities of lower class heroin users in New York City are described in the context of their street environment, based on data obtained from interviews with patients at the Manhattan State Hospital Drug Addiction Unit and from participant observation and interviews with individuals and groups in four lower class communities (East Harlem, Lower East Side, Yorkville, and Claremont).
Abstract: The four communities represented the neighborhoods of approximately 85 percent of addict patients at the Manhattan State Hospital. Data showed that heroin users were actively engaged in meaningful activities and relationships. Much of the life of heroin users on the street centered around economic institutions of heroin distribution. Because of the high cost and poor quality of heroin, street users had to be totally involved in an economic career. Heroin use by lower class, primarily minority group persons did not give them a euphoric escape from psychological and social problems associated with ghetto life. Rather, heroin use provided a motivation and rationale for the pursuit of meaningful life, albeit a deviant one. A historical review of heroin use in New York City shows that heroin use patterns have changed at a pace and in a direction corresponding to social changes. The heroin marketing and supply process and typical economic careers of heroin users are described. 8 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Drug dependence; Economic analysis of crime; Heroin; New York; Social change; Urban area studies; Urban criminality
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