Drug abuse, risks of infectious diseases and service utilization among Former Soviet Union immigrants: A view from New York City

Richard E. Isralowitz, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, Andrew Rosenblum

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    Based on the high rates of injection drug use and infectious disease such as HIV, HCV and tuberculosis in their home country, immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) comprise a high-risk population in the United States. Yet, little is known about their drug abuse and health problems relative to other immigrant populations like Hispanics. The objectives of this exploratory study were to identify disease risk behavior, and utilization of and barriers to treatment services among drug using immigrants from the FSU. Focused interviews were conducted with 27 public officials and administrators in New York City. This study found that FSU immigrants tend to have culturally unique drug abuse patterns and behavior, such as rapid transition to injection drug use, and suspicion and avoidance of traditional drug treatment approaches. The findings of this exploratory study point to the need for further research and the need to take immediate steps to promote culturally appropriate treatment and prevention services that can address the spread of harmful behavior that threatens the public health of FSU immigrants and others.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)91-96
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 8 2006

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    USSR
    drug abuse
    Substance-Related Disorders
    contagious disease
    Communicable Diseases
    utilization
    immigrant
    Pharmaceutical Preparations
    drug use
    drug
    Injections
    Risk-Taking
    Administrative Personnel
    Hispanic Americans
    risk behavior
    Population
    Tuberculosis
    Therapeutics
    Public Health
    public health

    Keywords

    • Drug abuse
    • Former Soviet Union
    • Immigrants

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Health(social science)

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    Drug abuse, risks of infectious diseases and service utilization among Former Soviet Union immigrants : A view from New York City. / Isralowitz, Richard E.; Straussner, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg; Rosenblum, Andrew.

    In: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, Vol. 5, No. 1, 08.03.2006, p. 91-96.

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    Isralowitz, Richard E. ; Straussner, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg ; Rosenblum, Andrew. / Drug abuse, risks of infectious diseases and service utilization among Former Soviet Union immigrants : A view from New York City. In: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 2006 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 91-96.
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