Yet blacks are far more likely to go to prison for drug offenses.
External Resources The health concerns of African Americans reflect the needs and issues of a diverse, heterogeneous group.
Although the term African American is generally applied to individuals in the United States who can trace their ancestry to Africa, the term is often used to encompass a broad range of people of color, including individuals from Brazil or the Caribbean.
Africa itself is an enormous continent, and its immigrants represent numerous nations. Yet the major government-sponsored studies of substance abuse and mental illness in African American communities do not differentiate between these recent immigrants from countries like Ethiopia or Somalia versus African Americans whose ancestors were brought to the US as slaves many generations ago.
The majority of these individuals are descended from Africans who were brought to the US as slaves, and the repercussions of slavery, sharecropping, and racial segregation continue to exert a negative influence on their socioeconomic and political status. However, when looking at a portrait of substance abuse and mental illness among African Americans, it is important to remember that this group includes many ethnic subgroups, with varying traditions, beliefs, and practices.
In addition, many individuals do not identify with a single racial category, but with two or more groups. A black American might identify as Hispanic as well as African American, for instance.
An assessment of these issues in an African American individual or family should consider factors like the following: Nationality Geographic location urban versus rural Religious background Cultural identification Patterns of Substance Abuse National surveys on drug and alcohol use in the US consistently show that substance abuse rates are similar among African Americans, whites, and Hispanics.
Yet an article published in the Psychological Bulletin says that while protective factors in black culture, such as a disapproval of drinking to intoxication, may reduce rates of binge drinking, African Americans tend to suffer more serious health and psychosocial problems from alcohol consumption, including: Yet these statistics apparently do not reflect the full impact of alcohol use or abuse among African Americans.
The rate of recurrent alcoholism among blacks is The persistence of alcoholism among African Americans may be partly responsible for the higher rates of liver disease and other alcohol-related illnesses that affect those individuals.
Yet national statistics from show that the rates of illicit drug abuse were roughly the same among African Americans, whites, and Hispanics.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health from reports the following statistics on current illicit drug use:Racial and ethnic minorities currently make up about a third of the population of the nation and are expected to become a majority by These diverse communities have unique behavioral health needs and experience different rates of mental and/or substance use disorders and treatment access.
Communities of color tend to experience greater burden of mental and substance use disorders often. Use of most drugs other than marijuana has stabilized over the past decade or has declined.
In , million Americans aged 12 or older (or percent) had used prescription drugs nonmedically in . Sep 08, · More than 22 million Americans age 12 and older -- nearly 9% of the U.S.
population -- use illegal drugs, according to the government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Pain relievers are the most common cause of a substance use disorder among prescription drugs.
ASAM publishes that over 2 million Americans over the age of 11 . Feb 05, · First and foremost, we found significant heterogeneity in drug use among African Americans born, raised, and educated in disadvantage, demonstrating that the investigation of within-group variations in patterns of drug use into mid-adulthood is crucial.
Sep 17, · White Americans are more likely than black Americans to have used most kinds of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and LSD. Yet blacks are far .