Native American and Mixed-Race Youth More Likely to Abuse Controlled Substances

The first study on adolescents and substance abuse to include mixed-race ethnicity found adolescents of Native American, white, Hispanic and multiple race/ethnicity are most likely to abuse controlled substances, including a rise in prescription medication, according to findings published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Analgesic opioids were the second most commonly used illegal drugs after marijuana. Researchers found high use among adolescents of Native American descent (9.7 percent) and multiple race/ethnicity (8.8 percent).

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