Heroin and Crack Cocaine Markets in Deprived Areas: Seven Local Case Studies

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Andrew Wilson

Nottingham Trent University

Tiggey May

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Hamish Warburton

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ruth Lupton

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Paul J. Turnbull

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 1, 2002

Abstract

In November 2000, a research team consisting of Ruth Lupton and Dr Andrew Wilson of CASE and Paul Turnbull, Tiggey May and Hamish Warburton of the Criminal Policy Research Unit (CPRU) at South Bank University (SBU) was commissioned by the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordination Unit (UKADCU) to undertake a short study of drug markets in deprived neighbourhoods in England.

The study examined neighbourhood drug markets in the context of the new policy agenda for neighbourhood renewal, including the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy and New Deal for Communities. It sought to:

* identify the extent of drug market activity in deprived neighbourhoods and to describe its nature and scale.

* draw out any associations between types of area and types of drug market.

* understand how drug market activity impacts on disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

* find out how local agencies and local communities, working independently and in partnership, were tackling drug markets and with what effect.

Between December 2000 and April 2001, we investigated drug markets in eight neighbourhoods of varying type, tenure, location and ethnic mix, and in six different regions of England. In each neighbourhood, we questioned front-line staff and residents about the drug market, its impact on the area (if any) and the responses being taken. We also interviewed a small number of drug users (between six and nine) in each area, and collected supporting documents and statistics. We focused on markets for heroin and crack cocaine (crack).

Our report, entitled "A Rock and a Hard Place: Drug Markets in Deprived Neighbourhoods", was published in January 2002 as a Home Office Research Study. This supplementary report contains the case studies on which the report was based. Seven of the eight neighbourhoods are included, since the local authority in one area felt that it would not be helpful for its case study to be published. Following the case studies, we have also included the summary from "A Rock and a Hard Place", and a glossary of terms for readers unfamiliar with drug market terminology. We hope that the publication of the case studies will be useful both to policy makers and to practitioners, illuminating the detail of the problems faced, the perspectives of participants, and some examples of successful and less successful practice.

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Andrew and May, Tiggey and Warburton, Hamish and Lupton, Ruth and Turnbull, Paul J., Heroin and Crack Cocaine Markets in Deprived Areas: Seven Local Case Studies (January 1, 2002). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. CASEREPORT19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1163129

Andrew Wilson (Contact Author)

Nottingham Trent University ( email )

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Tiggey May

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Hamish Warburton

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Ruth Lupton

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Paul J. Turnbull

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