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NCJ Number: 161015 Find in a Library
Title: Social Context of Needle Exchange and User Self- Organization in San Francisco: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1995)  Pages:583- 598
Author(s): L D Moore; L D Wenger
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A literature review and qualitative data from two sites in San Francisco's needle exchange program, Prevention Point, formed the basis of an analysis of how intravenous drug users can be involved in harm-reduction programs designed to prevent HIV and AIDS transmission.
Abstract: The analysis revealed that intravenous drug users in San Francisco are committed to working with the needle exchange program and with other intravenous drug users to help decrease the transmission of HIV. However, the political and social context in the United States may not as easily foster user organizations as in Europe and Australia. Results also indicated that issues of people's financial status may well impede organizing attempts, because people who experience scarcity in conjunction with severe stigmatization may focus their energies on survival rather than betterment. In addition, stigmatization may force people to individualize scarcity rather than view it socially and collectively. Findings suggested that in order to foster user organizations and broaden its harm-reduction approach, Prevention Point will have to confront internal and external contradictions to serve as a conduit for necessary social and political change. Notes and 29 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug paraphernalia
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention; California; Needle/syringe exchange programs; US/foreign comparisons; Volunteer programs
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