Parkin, Stephen and Coomber, Ross (2009) Informal ‘Sorter’ Houses: A qualitative insight of the ‘shooting gallery’ phenomenon in a UK setting. Health & Place, 15 (4). pp. 981-989. ISSN 1353-8292
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This paper considers the ‘shooting gallery’ phenomenon and presents findings from a sample of injecting drug users with experience of attending such premises in the South-West of England (UK). Due to the reciprocal relationship within these settings, involving the provision of drugs for place, the term Informal Sorter House has been coined by the authors. The social organisation and associative health risks within Informal Sorter Houses were found to have resounding similarities with those previously identified within American settings. However, several differences were also noted. Namely, Informal Sorter Houses appear to be located within a continuum of control that contains regulated, unregulated, and restored injecting environments and accordingly, it is suggested that such environments are in constant flux. A further difference relates to drug-user activism identified within such settings. This involves the establishment of an informal, street-based harm reduction practice that provides potential for future service development.
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
|Schools:||School of Human and Health Sciences|
|Depositing User:||Sharon Beastall|
|Date Deposited:||08 May 2012 11:15|
|Last Modified:||13 Dec 2012 16:21|
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