By Sue Mahan
Sue Mahan offers an up to date, available dialogue of the problems correct to the talk on crack cocaine, crime and girls. Following an in-depth assessment, the booklet deals a vast and trained standpoint at the criminal, way of life and remedy concerns imperative to women's dependancy to crack cocaine. With sensitivity and compassion, the writer additionally addresses the tragic results of kids born to addicted moms, stressing the significance for coverage and assets to target the mutual health of mom and baby.
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There was at least one 15-day binge. After that I had the coke bugs. I thought someone had sewn my eyelids shut. I heard the police in the air conditioning vent. I could feel my central nervous system deteriorating. S. explained the symptoms of withdrawal from crack. They call it "Jonesing"—you're nervous, jumpy, dry mouth, eyes bothering you. You want no noise. You're pacing back and forth. There's just one thing on your mind. Have to have it! The crash is bad, mental pain. Mentally, I just couldn't ride it out.
Most of the women in Crackworld depend on a man to supply their drugs. The market is violent and male dominated, and even women with means must negotiate for drugs. All the study participants' drug supplies depended on relationships with men as suppliers. Most of them also depended on men with whom they had intimate relationships for the essentials of living, such as food, housing, and clothing. Relationships With Men. The lifestyle of crack addicts often involves relationships of dependency and domination by men who use access to drugs for control.
Inciardi and his associates (Inciardi, Pottieger, & Surrat, 1996) found that race-specific explanations of crime and crack are likely to obscure the role that social and environmental factors play in the overall epidemiology of crack use. Current forecasts of crack use estimate that more than half of all users are white, but according to one report, "no white person has ever been convicted of a crack offense in the federal courts of Boston, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami or Dallas" (Morley, 1995).
Crack Cocaine, Crime, and Women: Legal, Social, and Treatment Issues by Sue Mahan