ERIC Number: ED041313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Ex-Addicts as Streetworkers. The Boyle Heights Narcotics Prevention Project.
Geis, Gilbert; And Others
The Boyle Heights Narcotics Prevention Project, located in a Mexican-American Community, attempted to answer the question: what happens when thirty ex-heroin addicts are hired at $600.00 per month to assist practicing addicts and potential drug users? The lengthy report discusses what the project was about, what it accomplished, and how it accomplished what it did. The major segments of the report deal specifically with the following aspects: (1) background; (2) ingredients of the proposal including scope and sponsorship; (3) a narrative history of the project; (4) job development activities; (5) the detoxification program; (6) the clients; and (7) the field workers. The strengths and weaknesses of the innovative program are clearly indicated. Because the project was not designed as a research experiment, and because of the subtle nature of success, evaluation was viewed as exceedingly complex. The report does, however, venture the conclusion that, based on the initial and continuing large numbers of persons who found their way to the Project, it was clearly offering a needed and appreciated service. (TL)
Gilbert Geis, Department of Sociology, California State College, 5151 State College Drive, Los Angeles, California 90032
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Economic Youth Opportunity Association.; Southern California Research Inst., Los Angeles.; California State Coll., Los Angeles.