The Influence of Neighborhood Characteristics on the Relationship Between Discrimination and Increased Drug-Using Social Ties Among Illicit Drug Users
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Social discrimination may isolate drug users into higher risk relationships, particularly in disadvantaged neighborhood environments where drug trade occurs. We used negative binomial regression accounting for clustering of individuals within their recruitment neighborhood to investigate the relationship between high-risk drug ties with various forms of social discrimination, neighborhood minority composition, poverty and education. Results show that experiencing discrimination due to drug use is significantly associated with more drug ties in neighborhoods with fewer blacks. Future social network and discrimination research should assess the role of neighborhood social cohesion.
KeywordsDiscrimination Drug use Social networks Neighborhood Segregation
This study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01 DA 019964-01). The authors thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program for its financial support. Finally, the authors would like to acknowledge the START staff and participants for their contributions.
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