There are no studies of African Americans', methamphetamine use in the South where it is widespread among whites. We describe factors that inhibit or facilitate the diffusion of methamphetamine use among African Americans based on qualitative interviews with 86 drug users in rural Arkansas and Kentucky. Results suggest low prevalence of methamphetamine use among African Americans, and interviewees cited several barriers to its diffusion which were linked to the drug's ingredients, psychoactive and physiological effects, difficulty in accessing distribution networks, and established African-American preference for cocaine. Fourteen African Americans reported methamphetamine use and discussed pathways to it. Possible increases in African-American methamphetamine use merits further investigation.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
|Published - 2005
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Project research is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant 1R01DA15363, Rural Stimulant Use and Mental Health: Services and Outcomes, Brenda Booth, Principal Investigator, Carl Leukefeld, and Harvey Siegal, Co-Principal Investigators.
- African Americans
- Rural drug use
- Southern U.S.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Health(social science)