Inner-city drug scenes are typically tackled with repression and eviction. Since drug cultures can only be modified but not eradicated, the effects of repressive measures are frequently counterproductive to the pursued goal: Individually and socially adverse phenomena related to the scene including violence, crime, ill health, and socio-economic marginalization tend to be aggravated and the scene to turn fragmented and underground. The latter implies that the subculture becomes even less accessible for external intervention and control. The fundamentally novel and pioneering aspect of this project is to explicitly utilize rather than destroy the social structure of the scene by assessing and promoting subcultural community-minded norms and behaviors. Subcultural community-mindedness can be fostered from the sides of all involved including drug intervention, prevention, and policy, police, criminal justice, health care, and education. The project focusses on participatory peer intervention, which lies within the domain of drug intervention and employs elements of community psychology.
The project is novel also insofar, as that members of the drug scene themselves will be involved centrally, as well as the community, in which the drug scene is located. Thus, the social status of drug users, who frequently encounter stigmatization and exclusion due to their illicit involvement, can be strengthened and general health, social security, and a communal spirit within the community.