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NCJ Number: 154159 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Use and African Americans: Myth Versus Reality
Journal: Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education  Volume:40  Issue:2  Dated:(Winter 1995)  Pages:19-39
Author(s): B W Burston; D Jones; P Roberson-Saunders
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 21
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper analyzes several commonly held beliefs about drug use by blacks, as discussed in the research literature, and explores the implications of such beliefs for treatment, intervention, and public policy.
Abstract: The public and both print and visual media generally have an image of African Americans as drug users. Several factors, including the greater poverty rate among blacks and the disproportionate number of drug retail centers in African American communities, contribute to this image. A tendency also exists to apply different normative standards to the types of drugs used and to believe that blacks are largely responsible for drug trafficking. As a result, drug law enforcement may be ethnically skewed, policies may ignore the unique patterns that characterize the drug crisis in different communities, and treatment techniques may not be designed for the specific needs of different groups. Therefore, individuals who are truly concerned about the drug crisis must examine their stereotypes of drug use; the war on drugs should be revised in accordance with sound theory and data. Tables and 57 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Drug abuse; Drug Policy; Racial discrimination
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