Self-Reported High-Risk Locations of Drug Use among Drug Offenders: Ethnic and Gender Differences

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Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Community Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Substance Abuse and Addiction


This study provides a detailed multiple-choice self-report analysis of home, work, and other public locations where drug offenders report using drugs. Specific settings were examined as a function of gender and Latino versus Anglo ethnicity. The participants for this study were 391 individuals attending drug diversion programs in Southern California. The single most frequently reported location of use was the participants’living rooms with a small group of friends. There was no evidence that Latinos were relatively likely to use at home, which had been suggested in previous work. Rather, Latinos differed from Anglos most by showing a relative preference for outdoor locations of use at home or work contexts. These results could reflect a lifestyle difference between Anglos and Latinos.

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