An ethnographic exploration of self-reported violence among rural methamphetamine users

Rocky L. Sexton, Robert G. Carlson, Carl G. Leukefeld, Brenda M. Booth

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Baseline and follow-up qualitative interviews with methamphetamine users in rural Kentucky and Arkansas examined their involvement in drug-related violence. Twelve baseline participants reported methamphetamine-related violence, whereas 20 reported violence linked to other substances. In follow-up interviews conducted 12 to 24 months later, four participants reported methamphetamine-related violence and three reported violence associated with other substances. Violence was rarely directly attributed to methamphetamine's psychoactive effects. Rather, violence was associated with disputes over methamphetamine or its use, paranoia, ill-tempers, and hallucinations during methamphetamine "binges." Implications of the findings for additional research and interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-53
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Supported by a National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant for the study ‘‘Rural Stimulant Use and Mental Health: Services and Outcomes,’’ grant number 1R01DA15363, Brenda M. Booth, co-principal investigator, and Carl Leukefeld, co-principal investigator. The views expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect those of the National Institute on Drug Abuse or any other governing agency.


  • Methamphetamine
  • Rural drug use
  • Southern United States
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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