The Power of Stigma and Its Impact on Drug Use
Posted by Cecilia Benoit, Mikael Jansson & Bill McCarthy on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Why are people involved in sex work more likely to use “hard” drugs such as cocaine and heroin than someone working as a server in a restaurant? Is it because they are “immoral” or “bad” people, or is it because their occupation is more stigmatized? If our society directed less stigma or judgment toward this group, would there be less use of hard drugs and smaller differences in substance use between sex workers and servers? Our research seems to indicate yes. Read more
Sex and Drugs Blog Series: An Introduction
Posted by Eric Roth on Monday, April 14, 2014.
It is my pleasure to introduce and provide an overview for the next Centre for Addictions Research of BC theme in the Matters of Substance blog series. This upcoming theme is succinctly and provocatively entitled Sex and Drugs. Our contributors will look at the intersection between substance use, sexual behaviour, pleasure and risk from a variety of perspectives and in a broad set of contexts. While all blogs are based on empirical data, authors also consider emerging theories attempting to explain substance use and sexual behaviour linkages. Scanning upcoming blog titles, I discern at least two major themes corresponding to current research on this topic. The first examines the relationship between sexual behaviour and the rationale for and consequences of associated substance use, while the second examines patterns and levels of substance use by sexual orientation. Read more