Traditionally, the addiction literature has focused on white drug users and less attention has been given to users from ethnic minority groups. More recently, research investigating ethnic group differences in drug use and associated problem behaviors has emerged. This paper contributes to the growing research base by drawing on data collected from structured interviews with 4,631 arrestees conducted as part of the New English and Welsh Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (1999-2002) program. Clear ethnic group differences in drug use are identified. Arrestees who were white and of mixed race were found to be more serious drug users and to experience more associated problems than arrestees from other ethnic minority groups. The research and policy implications of the research are discussed and the study's limitations are noted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214 - 236
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008

    Research areas

  • arrestees, crime, criminal behavior, dependence, drug treatment, drug use, ethnic minorities, ethnicity, race, substance misuse, United Kingdom

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