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Shake ‘N Bake: the Migration of ‘Pervitin’ to Ireland

Van Hout, MC and Hearne, E (2016) Shake ‘N Bake: the Migration of ‘Pervitin’ to Ireland. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 15 (4). pp. 919-927. ISSN 1557-1874

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Home manufactured methamphetamine known as ‘Pervitin’ has historically dominated the drug market in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Seizures and surveillance data indicate some displacement of ‘Pervitin’ across Europe to areas of low reported prevalence (Nordic countries, Germany, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal). We present the first single case study of clandestine production of ‘Pervitin’ to Ireland, a country with low reporting history of methamphetamine. Content analysis yielded three descriptive themes; ‘Pervitin’ use, Decisions to Use and Effects; Legality and Hazards; and ‘Clandestine Manufacture.’ The study yielded unique insight into migration of this culturally specific drug, and how continued cultural contexts for use and ‘cooking’ remain intact when residing in the host country. Given its unique cultural nature and national characteristics, continued migration of Eastern European citizens across Europe, diffusion of clandestine production warrants continued surveillance. Appropriate service responses require culturally appropriate information and outreach services to Eastern European service users. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-016-9715-x
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 10:29
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2023 12:33
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s11469-016-9715-x
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7637
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