Scotland’s Futures Forum. Drug use and harm. Dr. David Shewan Research Director Glasgow Centre for the Study of Violence Glasgow Caledonian University. Drug use and society. Psychoactive drug use - including alcohol and tobacco - is widespread within most societies.
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Dr. David Shewan
Glasgow Centre for the Study of Violence
Glasgow Caledonian University
Long-term [American] research with crack babies has indicated that these children are impaired, however this impairment has little to do with prenatal cocaine exposure and a lot to do with socialexclusion – most crack babies have heard gunshots by age 7. Such findings are unpopular for many obvious reasons – poverty is harder to tackle, less easy and popular to campaign against, than drug use (Stanton Peele, website).
Participants were recruited through social networks and must have:
Smoking it [heroin], right, you’ll maybe just get a little buzz, but if you inject it then you’re ‘phewww bingoed!’ So then, of course if they tried smoking it and they’re not getting their hands on enough of it, which they probably arenae, then they try injecting it like ‘whoa what a difference!’, ken?. So then they’re injecting it. Why? Because it works better than smoking it. You understand what I mean? [male prisoner].