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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versão impressa ISSN 0104-1169
GUZMAN-FACUNDO, Francisco Rafael et al. Drugs use as a cultural practice within gangs. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.spe, pp.839-847. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692011000700023.
Today, the social phenomenon of drugs trafficking and violence related to drugs has tended to minimize the implications of drugs consumption in gangs. This article is based on in-depth interviews in young gangs in the metropolitan area of Nuevo León, Mexico, with a view to reflecting on and analyzing the drug as a cultural practice within gangs. In the search for meaning, the first thing that is shown is the beginning of gang members in drugs consumption, and the form how drugs are presented by family members and friends of the gang is described. Next, we described the meaning of drugs use in everyday life and show the extent to which drugs use is acceptable and normalized.
Palavras-chave : Street Drugs; Risk Factors; Drug Users; Adolescent.