Substance Abuse in Minority Populations

  • W. A. Vega
  • A. G. Gil


The United States has one of the highest levels of combined licit and illicit substance abuse compared to Western European, Latin American, and Asian nations, and addiction makes a major contribution to the national burden of disease (WHO World Mental Health Survey Consortium, 2004). Alcohol and tobacco use contribute an even higher burden of morbidity and mortality than do illicit drugs in the United States and throughout the world (Rehm, Taylor, & Room, 2006). Therefore the total substance abuse impact on American society is staggering in terms of both financial and human cost because it affects all sectors of the population (McGinnis & Foege, 1999; Rice, Kelman, & Miller, 1991). Moreover, drug problems are frequently accompanied by myriad co-occurring medical conditions and mental health problems (Merikangas et al., 1998). A very strong case can be made that substance use constitutes the most serious health problem facing American society and that it is largely a...


Illicit Drug African American Youth Latino Youth Neighborhood Poverty Latino Child 
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  1. 1.David Geffen School of MedicineUniversity of California Los Angeles

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