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Ethics and Practice of Research with People Who Use Drugs

Chapter


Abstract


  • Global harm-reduction strategies aim to prevent or reduce the severity of problems associated with nonmedical use of dependence-causing drugs including alcohol. However, harm reduction strategies have to fit the personal, social, and environmental context of people using drugs to be effective. The best way to develop strategies that fit is to research and understand drug use practices including how, why, and when drugs are used. This chapter discusses a number of ethical and practical factors to consider when planning and conducting research with people who use drugs. Data collection challenges include recruitment of a marginalized and hidden population, gaining consent, ensuring anonymity and responding to harm and distress. Examples are drawn from the author's research on alcohol and other drug use in rural Australian settings including farming and fishing workplaces, on illicit fentanyl use, and with people in treatment.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Allan, J. (2019). Ethics and Practice of Research with People Who Use Drugs. In Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences (pp. 1973-1989). doi:10.1007/978-981-10-5251-4_143

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789811052507

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85082164961

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences

Start Page


  • 1973

End Page


  • 1989

Abstract


  • Global harm-reduction strategies aim to prevent or reduce the severity of problems associated with nonmedical use of dependence-causing drugs including alcohol. However, harm reduction strategies have to fit the personal, social, and environmental context of people using drugs to be effective. The best way to develop strategies that fit is to research and understand drug use practices including how, why, and when drugs are used. This chapter discusses a number of ethical and practical factors to consider when planning and conducting research with people who use drugs. Data collection challenges include recruitment of a marginalized and hidden population, gaining consent, ensuring anonymity and responding to harm and distress. Examples are drawn from the author's research on alcohol and other drug use in rural Australian settings including farming and fishing workplaces, on illicit fentanyl use, and with people in treatment.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Allan, J. (2019). Ethics and Practice of Research with People Who Use Drugs. In Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences (pp. 1973-1989). doi:10.1007/978-981-10-5251-4_143

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789811052507

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85082164961

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences

Start Page


  • 1973

End Page


  • 1989