An exploratory assessment of the impact of the September 11th attacks in New York City on drug users, including their perceptions of changes in drug use, drug availability, police activities, and access to services, was undertaken. Methods included focus groups with drug users and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) outreach worker supervisors and surveys of service providers. Results indicated that, while there was some immediate concern about the potential impact on drug availability, there was no perceived scarcity, although some drug users did report a decrease in drug purity. Responses included increased use of drugs and increased demand for drug treatment. The wide range of responses indicates that continued monitoring of the impact may be needed to assess long-term effects.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Urban Studies
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health