The influence of neighborhood characteristics on the relationship between discrimination and increased drug-using social ties among illicit drug users

Natalie D. Crawford, Luisa N. Borrell, Sandro Galea, Chandra Ford, Carl Latkin, Crystal M. Fuller

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Social discrimination may isolate drug users into higher risk relationships, particularly in disadvantaged neighborhood environments where drug trade occurs. We used negative binomial regression accounting for clustering of individuals within their recruitment neighborhood to investigate the relationship between high-risk drug ties with various forms of social discrimination, neighborhood minority composition, poverty and education. Results show that experiencing discrimination due to drug use is significantly associated with more drug ties in neighborhoods with fewer blacks. Future social network and discrimination research should assess the role of neighborhood social cohesion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-337
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013



  • Discrimination
  • Drug use
  • Neighborhood
  • Segregation
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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