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Meth in NYC

DYNAMICS OF RETAIL METHAMPHETAMINE MARKETS IN NEW YORK CITY
Travis Wendel, Ric Curtis, Kirk Dombrowski and Bilal Khan
Using Internet recruitment and respondent-driven sampling, researchers interviewed 132 methamphetamine users, buyers and sellers in New York City for a social network analysis. They found that the retail methamphetamine market is bifurcated between two submarkets: a smaller market that overlaps with powder cocaine/crack markets where the drug is seen as a cheaper or more cost effective form of cocaine, and a larger, closed, sexual-network-based market among men who have sex with men around use of methamphetamine as a sex drug. Participants reported almost no experience of violence connected with methamphetamine, and had few encounters with law enforcement.