Women on Ice

Women on Ice

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Methamphetamine (ice, speed, crystal, shard) has been called epidemic in the United States. Yet few communities were ready for increased use of methamphetamine by suburban women. Women on Ice is the first book to study exclusively the lives of women who use the drug and its effects on their families. In-depth interviews with women in the suburban counties of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. chronicle the details of their initiation into methamphetamine, the turning points into problematic drug use, and for a few, their escape from lives veering out of control. Their life course and drug careers are analyzed in relation to the intersecting influences of social roles, relationships, social/political structures, and political trends. Examining the effects of punitive drug policy, inadequate social services, and looming public health risks, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, the book gives voice to women silenced by shame. Boeri introduces new and developing concepts in the field of addiction studies and proposes policy changes to more broadly implement initiatives that address the problems these women face. She asserts that if we are concerned that the war on drugs is a war on drug users, this book will alert us that it is also a war on suburban families.Methamphetamine Use among Suburban Women Miriam Boeri ... on popa€” ulations with known high risk for HIV transmission, such as men who have sex with men (Klitzman, Pope, and Hudson 2000; Ostrow 2000; Williams and Miller 2006), ... 1994; Poundstone, Strathdee, and Celentano 2004; Schensul et al. ... 2008), the suburban social context has been viewed as a haven from such social problems.

Title:Women on Ice
Author:Miriam Boeri
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2013-01-15


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