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NCJ Number: 229989 Find in a Library
Title: What is Substance Use About? Assumptions in New York's Drug Policies and the Perceptions of African Americans Who are Low-Income and Using Drugs
Journal: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:January - March 2010  Pages:64-87
Author(s): Liliane Cambraia Windsor; Eloise Dunlap
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: R01 DA09056;R01 DA021827
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the social impact of relying only on Eurocentric worldviews when developing drug policies that affect African-Americans that are low-income and use drugs.
Abstract: The current article uses intersectionality and standpoint theories to examine the social impact of solely relying on Eurocentric worldviews when developing drug policies that affect low-income African-American communities. It is argued that low-income African-Americans share a unique cultural and historical background that must be taken into account in the development and implementation of policies and interventions that effect this population. Analysis of longitudinal qualitative data will compare the assumptions informing New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws with the worldviews of drug using and low-income African-Americans in New York City, NY, while examining the impact of these policies in participants' lived experiences. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Cultural influences; Drug abuse education; Drug laws; Drug Policy; Economic influences; New York; Poverty and crime; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse
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