ERIC Number: ED082269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May
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Interaction Patterns among Drug Dealers. Drug Abuse Information Research Project.
Atkyns, Robert L.; Hanneman, Gerhard J.
Drug dealers are often popularly stereotyped as "pushers" who actively engage in enticing young people into the drug habit, but there have been no scientific studies of their behavior or their attitudes on drug abuse or public health. In an attempt to gain information about behavior characteristics and communication patterns of middle class dealers in Connecticut, questionnaires were distributed through user contacts, and 50 anonymous responses were received. Results indicated that dealers tend to be users of the drugs they sell and that their primary motivation is to obtain free drugs, although they also sell drugs as favors to friends. Friendship networks, in fact, are the principal sources for dealers and their customers for awareness of drugs and drug effects, drug abuse, and treatment methods and for initiating neophytes to experimentation. Studies of nonusers of drugs have shown that they, on the other hand, rely more on official drug program agencies and other professional sources for drug information. Implications for drug abuse information dissemination and treatment are discussed. (RN)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Communication Research Program.