Crossing Over the Edge: Designer Drug Use in the 21st Century

Wilson R. Palacios, University of South Florida
Melissa E. Fenwick, University of South Florida

The purpose of this ethnographic study is to present a cultural portrait of the designer (e.g. Ecstasy, GHB, Special K, Nitrous Oxide and Rohypnol) drug user in Southwestern Florida. This study represents the first systematic examination of the contemporary designer drug user since the classic work of Drs. Marsha Rosenbaum and Jerome Beck. Data resulting from limited-participant observations and ethnographic interviews of one hundred participants are analyzed using NVIVO. Findings are presented in relation to new research and social policy initiatives.

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