Drug Abuse Among Hispanics

A Brief Evidence-Based Guide for Providers

About the Course:

This brief addresses research findings related to substance abuse treatment and prevention among Hispanics and will make research information more available to service providers. The document summarizes existing data and studies included in the National Strategic Plan on Hispanic Drug Abuse Research: From the Molecule to the Community funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (Grant No. 045270).

Publication Date:

May 2007

Authors

Keith A. Trujillo, Ph.D.; Patricia Molina, M.D.; Daniel Santisteban, Ph.D.; Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D.; Dharma E. Cortes, Ph.D.; Barbara Lopez, Ph.D.; Hilda Panton, Ph.D.; Felipe Gonzalez Castro, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Keith A. Trujillo, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University.

Patricia E. Molina, MD, Ph.D., is an Ashman Professor of Physiology at the LSUHSC Alcohol Research Center in New Orleans.

Daniel A. Santisteban, Ph.D., is a Research Professor at the Center for Family Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami

Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and a Distinguished Professor at Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston.

Dharma E. Cortes, Ph.D., is an instructor at Cambridge Health Alliance/ Harvard Medical School.

Barbara Lopez, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Family Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

Hilda Panton, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director at the Prevention Division Center for Family Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

Felipe Gonzalez Castro, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about drug abuse among Hispanics. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of drug use among Hispanics.

  2. Identify the effects of drugs of use on the brain, and especially on adolescent brain development.

  3. Describe drug use prevention efforts for Hispanic adolescents.

  4. Identify methods of treatment for Hispanics with drug abuse problems.

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