Policies and laws affecting Mexican-origin immigrant access and utilization of substance abuse treatment: Obstacles to recovery and immigrant health

Eva M. Moya, Michele G. 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)
Pages (from-to)1747-1769
Number of pages23
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume43
Issue number12-13
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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