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NCJ Number: 200773 Find in a Library
Title: Crack Cocaine Use in Hamburg's Open Drug Scene
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2002  Pages:423-430
Author(s): Katja Thane
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article details the consumption of crack cocaine in Hamburg, Germany.
Abstract: The usage of crack cocaine has risen since the mid 1980’s, and smokeable cocaine is one of the most frequently used substances in Hamburg, Germany’s open drug scene. Sixty-four crack cocaine smokers in Hamburg, Germany, completed questionnaires about their use of crack cocaine. The author found that 70 percent of crack users claimed to use cocaine on a relatively frequent basis and stated that they often purchase it ready-made. The average age of the Hamburg crack cocaine users profiled in this work was 32 years old for males and 29 years old for females. German crack cocaine users frequently discussed the positive effects of using crack cocaine as generating a feeling of euphoria and freedom and the negative effects of using crack as producing a paranoid feeling. The greatest problem associated with cocaine usage in Hamburg was found to be users’ attempts to quit using the drug, with cocaine use being linked to street violence noted as the second greatest problem associated with this drug’s use. References
Main Term(s): Crack; Germany
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug law offenses; Drug laws; Drug use; Foreign drug law enforcement; International drug law enforcement
Note: Special Issue: Confronting the Prohibition Model: German Drug Policy in the 21st Century, see NCJ 200770-772, and 200774-786
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