“Tweaking and geeking, just having soine fun”: An analysis of methainphetamine poeins

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

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Abstract

There is a body of methamphetamine-themed poetry that speaks regretfully of the highly negative experiences of those in recovery from methamphetamine (MA) addiction or who feel trapped in an MA-using lifestyle. During ethnographic research in western Kentucky, the author collected two MA-themed poems from active MA users that differ from other MA poetry. They describe misadventures that occur during MA “binges.” However, the text and tone of the poems are comically ironic and represent optimism rather than regret toward MA use. Analyzing these poems provides valuable insights into local patterns of MA use, related terminology, and attitudes toward MA use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-383
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Drug slang
  • Methamphetamine
  • Oral narratives
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology

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