he United States population now has more ethnic and racial diversity than ever before, and the Pew Research Center (2015) projects that by 2055 no racial or ethnic
group will be in the majority. This has many implications related to trends in the occurrence of substance use disorders, and demographic shifts in terms of the
populations affected. Review the podcast and article below and answer the questions that follow.
NPR/WBUR-Boston: Drug addiction gets new treatment on campaign trail (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.(Click on the red play button at the top of
New York Times: In heroin crisis, White families seek gentler war on drugs (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Pew Research Center (2014): America’s new drug policy landscape: Two-thirds favor treatment, not jail, for use of heroin, cocaine. (Links to an external site.)Links to
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What evidence is there, if any, that drug legislation and policing practices vary depending on the populations involved? Provide references to support your response.
How can differences in application of policy affect how treatment is delivered to different subgroups who have substance use disorders? In your answer discuss the role
of cultural and self awareness on the part of the treatment providers.