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Substance Abuse in Mexican Americans Differs by Gender
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WEDNESDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) -- Mexican-American women and men have marked differences in substance abuse patterns, according to a new U.S. study.
Researchers analyzed 2007 data from substance abuse treatment facilities nationwide and found that the primary substance of abuse among male Mexican Americans admitted for treatment was alcohol (40.1%), while methamphetamine use was the primary reason Mexican American women were admitted for treatment (33.5%).
Among the other findings in this Mexican American population:
The study, released May 5, was funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
"Although patterns of substance abuse may vary somewhat among different groups and cultures within our nation, all segments of American society need help with this enormous public health problem," Pamela S. Hyde, SAMHSA administrator, said in a news release. "This study and others like it help us understand the characteristics and substance use behaviors among various populations entering treatment and can be used to develop more culturally sensitive and gender-specific prevention and treatment programs."
-- Robert Preidt
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SOURCE: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, news release, May 5, 2010