Drug user networks, coping strategies and HIV prevention in the community

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Power, R., Jones, S., Kearns, G. and Ward, J. 1995. Drug user networks, coping strategies and HIV prevention in the community. Journal of Drug Issues. 25 (3), pp. 565-581. https://doi.org/10.1177/002204269502500304
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TitleDrug user networks, coping strategies and HIV prevention in the community
AuthorsPower, R., Jones, S., Kearns, G. and Ward, J.
Abstract

Qualitative data from England illustrate the way coping strategies form an integral part of the everyday lifestyles of injectors of illicit drugs. Ethnographic investigation of social networks and the rules which underpin them is crucial in devising appropriate community-based interventions. Such networks are characterized by functional and reciprocal relations. Peer education and health advocacy takes place on an informal basis. Key figures who adopt these roles should be encouraged to act as Indigenous Advocates as part of interventions which place drug users and their everyday lives at the core. Rules and social etiquettes of networks are not always positive for the public health agenda, as illustrated by the sharing of injecting paraphernalia and the injecting taboo among the Afro-Caribbean community. Ethnographic study can pinpoint foci for intervention. Harm minimization needs to be promoted using all the resources available, including the informal protective strategies of drug users and outreach interventions aimed at specific issues and targeted toward particular groups.

Sustainable Development Goals3 Good health and well-being
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
ISSN0022-0426
Electronic1945-1369
Publication dates
Online01 Jul 1995
PrintJul 1995
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Sep 2022
Accepted01 Jan 1995
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/002204269502500304
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