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Main arrow Archive of previous Issues arrow ╣5 2015 (45) arrow DRUGS USED BY SOCIALLY INTEGRATED AND MARGINALIZED DRUG USERS: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
DRUGS USED BY SOCIALLY INTEGRATED AND MARGINALIZED DRUG USERS: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS Print
Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Moroz A.A.
Russian State Social University, Moscow

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Abstract

Studying practices of drug users is relevant because of the need to substantiate development of effective technologies of social control over poorly studied latent group of integrated drug users. Therefore, one of the important issues related to the improvement of social technologies in public health is study of specific characteristics of drug consumption and needs of drug users for social support aimed at withdrawal from drugs.

The purpose is a comparative analysis of drug consumption of socially integrated and marginalized drug users.

The subject of the study is specific characteristics of drug consumption by socially integrated and marginalized drug users: the structure and motives of drug consumption, ways to prevent harmful consequences, and need for treatment and social support.

Methods included questionnaires and in-depth interview.

The study showed significant differences in preferences and motives to use drugs. The author identified a system of rules that allow socially integrated drug users to control harmful consequences of drug consumption.

According to the study the need for medical care, and various measures of social support, are more demanded by marginalized drug users.

Conclusions: The differences between integrated and socially marginalized drug users should be considered a rationale for developing a differentiated approach to the social control over the phenomenon of drug consumption. Main recommendations can be reflected in the following provisions:

  • To withdraw from drugs marginal drug users besides treatment measures are badly in need of social measures of integration into society (assistance with education and employment).
  • Socially integrated drug users require treatment measures that do not impair their social status (anonymous out-patient treatment).

Keywords: Illegal drugs; socially integrated drug consumers; marginalized drug consumers; comparative approach.

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