Emergence and Diffusion of Crack and Related Health Risk Behaviors in Mexico City

Emergence and Diffusion of Crack and Related Health Risk Behaviors in Mexico City

Project Summary
This study seeks to examine the emergence and spread of crack cocaine use in Mexico City with the goal of contributing to the development of a theory-based intervention for HIV and sexually transmitted infections among high-risk, crack-using populations in Mexico.
Project Description
This social epidemiological study will involve gathering and analyzing data from observations and in-depth, semistructured interviews with 150 adults in Mexico City who reported using crack during the past 30 days. Goals include: (1) identifying characteristics of the crack-using population in Mexico such as sociodemographics, drug use patterns, and risk behaviors; (2) examining the processes that have promoted the emergence and diffusion of crack cocaine use; and (3) exploring barriers and facilitators to treatment as perceived by crack users. Findings will have significant public health implications and will provide a knowledge base for the development of an HIV and STI intervention for high-risk populations.
Funding Source
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project Investigators
Alice Cepeda, USC School of Social Work
Guillerma Natera, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria
Principal Investigators
Avelardo Valdez
Research Period
September 1, 2011 March 31, 2013
Total Award Amount
$182,550