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Study: Black, Asian teens less likely than whites to abuse drugs
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post Nov 10 2011, 07:34 PM
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Study: Black, Asian teens less likely than whites to abuse drugs



By Jay Price
November 8, 2011

Black and Asian adolescents are much less likely than their white peers to abuse or become dependent on drugs and alcohol, according to a Duke University-led study based on an unusually large sample from all 50 states.

“There is certainly still a myth out there that black kids are more likely to have problems with drugs than white kids, and this documents as clearly as any study we’re aware of that the rate of . . . substance-related disorders among African American youths is significantly lower,” said Dr. Dan Blazer of Duke’s Department of Psychiatry, a senior author of the study.

The findings, based on analysis of confidential federal surveys of 72,561 adolescents ages 12 to 17 from 2005 through 2008, were released Monday and appear in the November issue of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

About 9 percent of the white teenagers in the study sample used substances in ways that indicated they had disorders, meaning abuse or dependency. That’s nearly twice the percentage of blacks nearly three times the rate for a group classified as Asian/Pacific Islander, which were mostly Asians.. The prevalence of disorders was by far highest among Native Americans, at 15 percent.

Abuse was defined as substance use that caused at least one problem such as legal or relationship issues. Dependence meant meeting several criteria from a list that included inability to cut down, giving up other activities and continued use despite problems.

Across all racial and ethnic groups, 37 percent reported using drugs or alcohol in the past year and nearly 8 percent met the criteria for a substance abuse disorder.

Among kids who abused illegal drugs, marijuana was the most prevalent choice, followed by prescription opioids such as oxycodone, which have passed inhalants such as glue as a means of getting high.

Nearly 26 percent of the kids using marijuana had problems with abuse or dependency on the drug.

The study should give researchers a starting point for further study into topics such as the specific reasons that substance use and disorders are less common in some groups than others, Blazer said.

It’s widely known among substance-abuse counselors and psychiatrists who work with Native Americans that problems vary greatly from one tribe to another, Blazer said. A shortcoming of the data is that it couldn’t be broken down into smaller subsets such as tribes, or to separate the Asians and Pacific Islanders, to make it easier to dig deeper into the questions raised by the study, he said.

In addition to three Duke researchers, the study also involved a scientist from the University of Pennsylvania and another from the Veterans Health Administration in Washington.

Earlier studies, in some cases restricted to narrower slices of population or geography, had previously indicated that black kids were less likely to have drug problems than white adolescents, Blazer said. But the new study uses a particularly broad and representative sample, with large numbers surveyed in each racial and ethnic group.

Given the strength of the data, the findings should give policymakers firm facts to use in making decisions about how to better tackle drug problems among kids, Blazer said.

“It’s very hard when you look at data like this to say we don’t have a problem,” he said. “Then it becomes sort of an imperative to do something.”

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always knew this.

growing up, it was always the middle and upper class white kids who had all the drugs.

drugs are expensive. the black and mexican kids, who typically came from low-income families, could never afford them. well, mexicans did have weed, but it was always the manuere-looking brick crap that could never get you high.



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Asians know enough to not use them and Black people are too poor to afford them.
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post Nov 11 2011, 11:48 AM
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QUOTE (LittleDeathAngel @ Nov 11 2011, 11:14 AM) *
Asians know enough to not use them and Black people are too poor to afford them.



Too poor to afford them? lol if blacks wants to get their hands on drugs, i'm sure they could, poor or not.
Maybe they are more into weed than they are hard drugs. In fact it's poor black who usually do drugs, middle class blacks don't usually do as much hardcore drugs, in relations to middle class whites.

some of you in here on Af are extremly bias. seriously.

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i'm surprised meth hasn't ravaged black communities like crack did decades ago.

meth and crack are basically analogous. both are stimulates that cause your brain to release huge levels of dopamine -- it's the same type of high/effect. and today's meth is widely available and cheap, just like crack used to be.

why such horrible victims of drugs back then, but not now? it kinda makes me believe those conspiracy theories of the CIA or other shadowy government organizations facilitating the spread of crack to keep the black man down.

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QUOTE (samnang @ Nov 11 2011, 01:30 PM) *
i'm surprised meth hasn't ravaged black communities like crack did decades ago.

meth and crack are basically analogous. both are stimulates that cause your brain to release huge levels of dopamine -- it's the same type of high/effect. and today's meth is widely available and cheap, just like crack used to be.

why such horrible victims of drugs back then, but not now? it kinda makes me believe those conspiracy theories of the CIA or other shadowy government organizations facilitating the spread of crack to keep the black man down.


I would imagine it is loosing all mental and physical control of your body. At least with weed, you are still conscious on what you are doing, giggle a lot and, have the munchies when the effects wear off. That sounds safer than OD on the bed or the floor with your friends calling 911 for help if you have to choose one.

Possibly many learned from their mistakes and/or had friends die taking hard drugs.


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