This article is based on the description of the different modalities of cocaine use and the socio-cultural variables that influence the health of users as well as the maintenance of their social functions and relationships.
Ethnographic fieldwork was carried out over a year and a half in Reus based on phenomenological theories and symbolic interactionism. Thirty-two in-depth interviews with consumers were also carried out. The main results have been to understand that the health dimension plays a very important role in cocaine use, but it is mainly the risks involved in the illegality and stigmatisation of this practice that constitute a major threat.
Two models of socio-cultural analysis of cocaine consumption are proposed, the first from a phenomenological perspective and theories of the body as a social and political object, and the second based on the spaces of consumption identified as places that mediate the conditions in which this consumption takes place.