Legitimating drug use: A note on the impact of gang membership and drug sales on the use of illicit drugs

Scott H. Decker

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Abstract

A good deal is known about gang members' involvement as sellers of drugs. We know little, however, about the extent to which gang members are involved in the drug market as users, and about the role that involvement in drug sales plays in the use of drugs. This paper presents data from an ll-city survey of arrestees that includes a substantial number of gang members, to explore the relationship between demographic characteristics such as age and race, gang membership, drug sales, and drug use. In addition, the gang members views' regarding drug use by their associates are explored. The contrast between the drug-using behavior and norms designed to control such behavior is examined in the group context of adolescent gang membership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-410
Number of pages18
JournalJustice Quarterly
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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