Policies and laws affecting Mexican-origin immigrant access and utilization of substance abuse treatment

Obstacles to recovery and immigrant health

Eva M. Moya, Michele Shedlin

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Abstract

This article reports the results of a study carried out with 30 Mexican-origin immigrants in drug user treatment in the United States-Mexico Border city of El Paso, Texas during 2007. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were implemented to assess the dynamic social and economic factors that affect the delivery and utilization of treatment services, with emphasis on the impact of recent immigration-related laws and policies. The research provides initial data for evidence-based intervention and reinforces the need for culturally and gender appropriate treatment services for poor immigrants and their families. The study's limitations are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume43
Issue number12-13
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

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Substance-Related Disorders
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Law
Health
health
economic factors
social factors
immigration
Mexico
Emigration and Immigration
Drug Users
drug
gender
Therapeutics
interview
Economics
Interviews
evidence

Keywords

  • Drug user treatment
  • Immigration policies
  • Mexican-origin immigrants
  • United States-Mexico Border

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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