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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17394

Title: Women's Stories/Women's Lives: Creating Safer Crack Kits
Authors: Bungay, Vicky
Johnson, Joy L.
Boyd, Susan C.
Malchy, Leslie
Buxton, Jane
Loudfoot, Jodi
Keywords: WOMEN
DRUG USE
HARM REDUCTION
CRACK COCAINE
STORYTELLING
SAFETY
CANADA
Issue Date: May-2009
Publisher: Pristine Publications
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life, Vol 8 (1), pg. 28-41
Abstract: In 2004, a research team comprising researchers and service providers launched the Safer Crack Use, Outreach, Research and Education (SCORE) project, aimed at developing a better understanding of the harms associated with crack cocaine smoking and determining the feasibility of specific harm reduction strategies to reduce the likelihood of harms in an inner-city neighbourhood in Canada. The project included several activities, and the ‘women-centred’ activity of constructing harm-reduction kits is the emphasis of this paper. The data for this study are derived from the field notes taken during kit-making sessions with 200 women and from qualitative interviews with the group facilitators. A salient theme of the analysis was the tremendous support that was afforded to women engaging in this activity. Three sub-themes were also identified: (a) creating a safe space, (b) sharing information, and (c) building community. Women-centred activities are an effective means of creating a supportive environment for women and to learn about women’s perspectives concerning the relevance of these activities in their daily lives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17394
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