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NCJ Number: 237479 Find in a Library
Title: Characteristics of Methamphetamine Markets and Their Impact on Communities
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:September 2011  Pages:312-331
Author(s): Bruce G. Taylor; Henry H. Brownstein; Timothy M. Mulcahy; Johannes Fernandes-Huessy; Daniel J. Woods; Carol Hafford
Date Published: September 2011
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: 1R21DA024391-01
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored if specific characteristics of meth markets could help explain the potential impact they can have on communities.
Abstract: Using a national sample of State and local law enforcement agencies, the authors collected survey data about local methamphetamine (meth) markets and related problems, in terms of public safety, health, and the local economy, from narcotic officers in these agencies. The authors hypotheses related to the importance of the structural and interactional organization of meth markets for assessing their impact on the community; the salience of market instability and its potential for leading to more uncertainty for meth buyers, more market conflict, and related community problems; and the relevance of the types of characteristics of the market (e.g., the presence of import or locally supplied meth markets, general market criminality, and use of technology by the market participants) to community public safety, health, and economic problems. The authors found that markets characterized by both imports and locally produced meth are associated with higher levels of problems compared to local-only markets but import-only markets are associated with fewer problems. Meth markets characterized by more criminal activity and greater use of technology by the market participants are significantly associated with higher levels of community problems but market instability and interactional organization were not significant. Also, the market’s structural organization was related to community problems. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Methamphetamines
Index Term(s): Community conflict; Drug Related Crime; Hazardous substances or materials; Law enforcement; Police community relations
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