Junkie Business The Evolution and Operation of a Heroin Dealing Network

ISBN-10: 0534644953

ISBN-13: 9780534644956

Edition: 2006

Authors: Lee D. Hoffer
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Description: JUNKIE BUSINESS is the result of an intensive three-year ethnographic study of the formation and eventual demise of a heroin dealing network in Denver. While earlier books have dealt with marijuana dealers and cocaine dealers, this will be the first study ever to provide an "insider's perspective" on the business of dealing heroin.

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List price: $78.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Lee Hoffer holds a Masters degree in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado at Denver. He also holds a Masters degree in Psychiatric Epidemiology from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Since 1992, Lee has conducted research on numerous National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) funded research projects that have focused on understanding the political, social and cultural dimensions of HIV risk behaviors of out-of-treatment drug users. From 1997-1999 he was Colorado's representative to NIDA's, Community Epidemiology Workgroup, assembling data and reporting on statewide drug use trends. In 2000, he was awarded a two-year NIDA pre-doctoral fellowship to conduct an ethnographic study of a heroin dealing network, which resulted in Junkie Business. From 2002-2005, Lee trained with Dr. Linda Cottler as a NIDA post-doctoral fellow in psychiatric epidemiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Interested in ethnography and epidemiology, Lee participated in a number of research projects during his fellowship. Currently Lee is a research instructor in the Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group (EPRG) in the department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, where, in addition to teaching medical anthropology, he is actively extending his research on the illegal drug economy. Through a two-year grant from NIDA, he is using ethnographic data on heroin dealing to develop several agent-based computer simulation models. Borrowing from Complexity theory and non-linear dynamics, the aim of this project is to elaborate how, through the exchange and distribution of illegal drugs described in Junkie Business, various self-organizing economic and social structures of drug users emerge and operate.

The Business of Heroin
Entering the Field
The Larimer Scene: Three Modern Eras for the Homeless in Denver
Street Sales: Launching the Dealing Operation
The Transition
The Business
Transactions, profits, and HIV Risk
Expansion and Failure
The End of the Operation
Lessons Learned
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