“Drinkers” or “winos” consituted a distinct social group and had a separate social identity from other people in the area. Since winos were unpredicctable and could get violent, most junkies stayed away from them. “Huffers” were another drug-using group inhabiting Larimer. Most hufers were immigrants who, as one heroin user noted “could not afford any other high.” Everyone in the area considered the hufers to be the lowest and most degenerate type of drug users-->”golden boys.” pg 22.
The local heroin-using (junkie) group in Larimer was not, in any specifict way , a formal group: it was open to all ethnicities. It had no leader and no particular membership criteria other than being a heroin injector and spending consistent time on the streets. pg 23. Kurt and Danny’s heroin-dealing operation emerged from and was successful because of their membership in this informal group. pg 24.
Partnerships among the local junkies were not typically based on mutual trust, fondness, or affinity. Relationships between junkies were a matter of survival. Helping each other out was not viewed as generosity or charity but rather as insurance for their own future in maintaining their addiction. pg 24.
This vague reciprocity between local junkies served a duel purpose. On an individual level, it was an efficient survival strategy because it increased resources but it was also...