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.
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.
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Alice Cepeda, USC School of Social Work
Guillerma Natera, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria