May 5, 2016

Whites more likely to abuse hard drugs


A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that delinquent, non-Hispanic whites are more likely to abuse "hard drugs," such as cocaine or opiates, than their black counterparts...

The study, which took place over 12 years, found that the rates of hard drug abuse was "highest among non-Hispanic whites, followed by Hispanics then African-Americans." The research found that whites were more than 30 times likely to have cocaine-use disorder, 50 times more likely to develop opiate-use disorder, and 18 times more likely have PCP-use disorder than blacks.

"Those findings are striking considering the widely accepted stereotype of African-Americans as the most prevalent abusers of 'hard drugs,'" Linda A. Teplin, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University and author of the study, said in a statement. "Our findings add to the growing debate on how the war on drugs has affected African-Americans.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A lot of that 'hard drug' abuse is legitimately prescribed, therefore suggesting the demographic divisions are rally more socioeconomic than racial. It is the reality that in the US the more affluent percentiles happen to be white, and therefore better positioned to afford access to the physicians willing to write that scrip.
In contemplating the recent passing of Prince, we might ask, was his vulnerability a function of race or, rather, access to sufficient funds to doctor shop the accommodating?
Same malady beset our hero, Rush Limbaugh---may he rest in peace. That research is actually somewhat naive, it betrays an ignorance or unwillingness to recognize the true infirmity afflicting our nation, economic inequality.
If one has 50 times the resources to gain access, then perhaps one becomes 50 times more likely to develop a problem.