Drug use, street crime, and sex-trading among cocaine-dependent women: Implications for public health and criminal justice policy

James A. Inciardi, Hilary L. Surratt

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Abstract

The linkages between the sex-for-crack exchanges, prostitution, and rising rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among cocaine-dependent women have been well documented. As crack began to disappear from the headlines during the 1990s, however, it was assumed by many that crack had fallen on hard times in the street drug culture. Within this context, this article examines the extent to which crack has remained primary in the culture of cocaine-dependent women. Data are drawn from a study of 708 cocaine-dependent women in Miami, Florida, during the years 1994 to 1996, and qualitative data gathered during 1998 and 1999 in the same field areas. Analyses focus on drug use, criminality and HIV/AIDS risk behaviors. Implications for policy alternatives in criminal justice and public health approaches for assisting this population are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-389
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • HIV
  • Prostitution
  • Violence
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (all)

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