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Hispanic Drug Use Researchers Gather at UH

Twenty advanced degree and post doctoral fellows from around the country are gathered at the University of Houston for the national Hispanic science network summer research training institute on Hispanic drug use. UH sociology professor Dr. Avelardo Valdez says there is a lot that is known but much more to be learned about Latino drug […]

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Twenty advanced degree and post doctoral fellows from around the country are gathered at the University of Houston for the national Hispanic science network summer research training institute on Hispanic drug use.

UH sociology professor Dr. Avelardo Valdez says there is a lot that is known but much more to be learned about Latino drug abuse. He says, of course drug abuse among Hispanics isn’t itself a whole lot different than it is among any group.

There are differences though. According to Dr. Valdez drug abuse among immigrant Hispanics is much lower than it is among second and third generation Latinos.

And unlike whites and blacks, drug abuse among Hispanics seems to increase with age. Researchers also look at treatment models. It is known that treatment for drug abuse can vary from group to group–white people with no high school diploma may not respond to treatment designed for highly educated professionals. Dr. Valdez says the same is true for Latinos. They are not, despite a popular misconception, all alike.

Those attending this week long fourth annual training institute at the university of Houston, will also get practical career help like research methods, writing research grants and managing careers.

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