Street Involved Drug Use, Social Dynamics and Interactions with Police in Ottawa

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Hardy, Steven




Homeless populations are frequently associated with drug consumption. Drug use by homeless people is more visible leading to the assumption that homeless or street involved populations use drugs more frequently or differently. This paper challenges this idea and looks at how homeless and street involved populations consume drugs and how they understand their drug consumption. In 15 semi-structured, open-ended interviews I explored how homeless and street involved men consume and understand their drug consumption. Drawing on the idea of subjectivities, this paper looks at how these individuals understand what it means to be a “junkie” and how they understand their own drug consumption in response. Police have an impact on the daily lives of street involved drug users. How police interact with street involved drug users and how street involved drug users understand these interactions. Finally, how the “junkie” subjectivity impacts interactions between street involved users and police.


Police -- Canada
Drug abuse.




Carleton University

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