R. Terry Furst

R. Terry Furst

R. Terry Furst
Assistant Professor Emeritus
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9.63.16 NB



1986 PhD New School for Social Research1975 MA City College
1970 BBA City College



    Dr. Furst received an MA in sociology from City College (CUNY) and a PhD in sociology from the Graduate Faculty, The New School for Social Research. He served on the faculties of the College of Staten Island, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Alberta, and New York University. Dr. Furst is currently an assistant  professor of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His focus over the last two decades has been on ethnographic research on subcultures of drug abusers, illegal drug markets, sex workers, street level drug dealers, the transmission of HIV among injecting drug users, the evaluation of street outreach intervention workers, the adulteration of heroin in New York City, and the diffusion of heroin in the mid-Hudson region of New York State, stop and frisk in New York City, and the stigmatized status of cigarette smokers in New York C ity. 
His research also includes the evaluation of Buprenorphine among opiate dependent patients,  misuse, and the diffusion  of the drug. Within these research domains, he has incorporated theoretical concepts about social status, stigma, and societal processes engendering emergent norms. He has also conducted research on the occupation subculture of professional boxers, and the construction of competitive games for the mildly retarded. His doctoral dissertation was on the socio-historic image of the professional baseball player in the 19th Century. He has published in all the aforementioned areas. In an editorial on Dr. Furst’s study of heroin diffusion in the mid-Hudson region in New York State published in Addiction
(2004, 99: pp 431-441), the editor noted: “This is an important study….the authors are to be commended for completing this field study of heroin diffusion.”

Scholarly Work



Publications (refereed)

Furst, R.Terry.  Suboxone Misuse along the Opiate Maintenance Treatment Pathway. Journal of Addictive Diseases.  To be published in March, 2013 Vol. 32 Issue 1.

Sharon Stancliff, Herman Joseph, Chunki Fong, R. Terry Furst, Sandra D. Comer, Perrine Roux. June-July Summer Edition , Vol. 31. No. 3:278-287, 2012. Opioid maintenance treatment as a harm reduction tool for opioid-dependent individuals in NYC: the need to expand access to buprenorphine in marginalized populations in the Journal of Addictive Diseases.

 Furst, R.Terry and Rebecca Balleto. 2011. Heroin Abuse and Collective Identity: Correlates and Consequences of Geographical Place. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Published November 23, Vol. 16:23, online DOI 10.1007/s469-011-9354.


Furst, R. Terry, Ric Curtis, and Rebecca Stanley. 2009. The transformation of drug markets and its impact on HIV outreach to injection drug users in New York City, 1987-2008. Journal of Substance Use and Misuse, 46:150-158.

Furst, ­­­­­­­­­R. Terry and Kirsten E. Hunt. 2006.  The impact of stigma on commercial sex workers, IDUs and those who trade sex for drugs. International Journal of Crime, and Criminal Justice and Law, Vol. 1(2):173-195, December.

Hunt, Kirsten and R. Terry Furst. 2006. A select annotated bibliography: illegal drug research in rural and suburban areas. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Vol. 38(2), June.


Furst, R. Terry, Christopher Herrmann, Ray Leung, John Galea, and Kirsten Hunt. 2004. The diffusion of heroin in the mid-Hudson region of New York State. Addiction, Vol. 99(4): 431-441.


Furst, R.Terry. 2000. The re-engineering of heroin: an emerging heroin ‘cutting’ trend in New York City. Addiction Research, Vol. 8(4):357-379.


Laudet, Alexandre, Stephen Magura, R. Terry Furst, and Neena Kumar. 1999.  Male partners of substance-abusing women in treatment: an exploratory study. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Vol. 25(4): 607-627.

Friedman, Sam, R. Terry Furst, Benny Jose, Richard Curtis. 1998. Drug scene roles and HIV risk. Addiction, Vol. 93(9): 1403-1416.

Furst, R. Terry, Bruce D. Johnson, Eloise Dunlap and Richard Curtis. 1999. The stigmatized image of the crack head:  a sociocultural exploration of a barrier to cocaine smoking among a cohort of youth in New York City. Deviant Behavior, Vol. 20(2): 153-181.

Furst, R. Terry, Richard Curtis, Bruce D. Johnson, and Douglas Goldsmith.1999. The rise of the street middleman/woman in a declining drug market. Addiction Research, Vol.7 (2): 103-128.

Furst, R. Terry, Robert Nettey, Wayne Wiebel. 1997. The jelling-up of dope: implications for the transmission of HIV among IDUs. Addiction Research, Vol. 4:309-320.

Neagius, Alan, Samuel R. Friedman, and R. Terry Furst. 1994. The relevance of drug injectors’ social networks and risk networks for understanding and preventing HIV infection. Science and Medicine, Vol. 38(1):63-74.

Furst, R. Terry. 1990. Conflicting images of organized baseball in the 19th century sport press. The Canadian Journal of the History of Sport. Vol. 21(1) May.

Furst, R. Terry. 1974. Boxing stereotypes and the culture of the professional boxer: a sociological decision. Sport Sociology Bulletin.

Furst, R. Terry. 1973. The boxer and his audience. In, Ommo Grupe, Ed., Sport in the Modern World:  Changes and Problems. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Furst, R. Terry. 1972. Mass media and the transformation of spectator team sports. The Canadian Journal of History of Sport and Physical Education, Vol. III, No. 2.

Furst, R. Terry. 1971. Social change and the commercialization of professional sports. The International Review of Sport Sociology, Vol. VI, December.

Furst, R. Terry. 1968. Competitive team organization: a motivational technique for the multiply- handicapped. The International Journal for the Education of the Blind. May.

Furst, R. Terry. 1966. An approach to multiply-handicapped blind persons through physical recreation. New Outlook for the Blind, September.

Publications (non-refereed)

Furst, R. Terry. 2013 Shaping the Image of the Game: Early Professional Baseball and the Sporting Press Book in progress.  McFarland Press.

Furst, R. Terry. 1993 The origin of the baseball public. Sports Encyclopedia North America, Vol.V:75-82, Winter.

Furst, R. Terry. 1974 Some factors and observations on the upsurge in gambling on spectator team sports. In, Terence P. Thornbery and Edward Sagarin, Eds., Images of Crime: Offenders and Victims. Praeger Publishing Company, New York.

Furst, R. Terry. 1973 The boxer and his audience. In, Ommo Grupe, Ed., Sport in the Modern World:  Changes and Problems. Springer-Verlag, New York.













Research Summary

Grant Activity

Awarded PSC-CUNY 2011 grant: Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Opioid Maintenance Treatment: Socio-Psychological Conditions Leading to Suboxone Misuse and Diversion. IRB 237-896 ($ 3,487).

Awarded PSC–CUNY 2009 grant: Suboxone Opioid Therapy Treatment:  Socio-Pharmalogical Correlates Leading to Opiate Relapse. IRB JJ-09-046 ($3,000).

 Awarded the Research Assistance Program (2009) in the amount of Special Support Fund grant ($2,730) for Suboxone researcH.
Research Activity: Conducted  primary and field research on the following:
history of baseball
professional boxers
sports spectators 
HIV transmision 
illicit drug dealers
commercial sex workers
drug treatment(suboxone)
mildly retarded
stigma and cigarette smoking
diffusion of opiates/opioids

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