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Study Shows That White Teens Are More Likely To Abuse Drugs Than Black Teens

White drug abuser

According to a study done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, white teens are much more likely to develop drug abuse than black teens. In fact, the rate of drug abuse among white teens is almost twice as high as among black teens.
The facts

The study included data gathered from interviews with over 72,000 youth. The results disproved what many people just assume, that black youth are the biggest drug abusers. Not so, says Dr. Dan Blazer, senior author of the study and a professor of psychiatry at Duke University. “There’s a perception among many individuals that African Americans as a group - regardless of socioeconomic status - tend to abuse or use drugs at higher rate and this [does not support] that.”

The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, showed that the largest group of teens with substance abuse problems are Native American youth at a rate of 15 percent. The other groups included 9 percent for white teens, 7.7 percent for Hispanics, 5 percent for African Americans and 3.5 percent for Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Another interesting fact

It is also interesting to note that while black youth are far less likely than white youth to abuse drugs, black youth are ten times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes than whites.

To read more, visit http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/07/study-whites-more-likely-to-abuse-drugs-than-blacks/

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