America's poorest white county They use car batteries and generators for a few hours of electricity a day, and Donald heats up a five-gallon bucket of water on a wood stove to bathe and wash his clothes a few times a week. It is home to the Oglala Lakota, a tribe that is part of the Sioux people.
But because national surveys fail to fully capture drug use patterns on or near reservations, the true scope of the problem has been elusive.
A new study focusing on American Indian youth reveals alarming substance use patterns, including patterns of drug use beginning much earlier than is typical for other Americans. A comparison with nationwide data from the Monitoring the Future MTF survey is striking, particularly in the much higher prevalence of drug and alcohol use in 8th and 10th graders compared to national averages.
Also noteworthy was the finding that American Indian youth are initiating alcohol and drug use earlier than their non-native counterparts. As can be seen in the graph below, past-month current use of marijuana and alcohol including binge drinking were at the same level from 8th through 12th grade for the American Indian students, which sharply contrasts with the steep increases from 8th to 12th grade seen in MTF.
Although current alcohol use by American Indian 12th graders was lower than the MTF average one positive note in the studycurrent marijuana use stood at 35 percent for American Indian seniors—much higher than the Data collected by the researchers on regular daily or near-daily marijuana use by American Indian adolescents although not included in the article is particularly startling: Fully 8 percent of American Indian 8th graders said they were regular marijuana users compared to 1.
The strongly suspected links between regular marijuana use and outcomes like academic failure and long-term cognitive impairment make these statistics highly worrisome. Indeed the already high rates of marijuana use seen for American Indian 12th graders may actually underestimate marijuana use prevalence in this age group.
Only about 47 percent of American Indian teens finish high school—compared to 71 percent of non-native teens—and drug use is generally higher in those who do not attend school. This study is quite a wake-up call. High substance use in American Indian communities contributes to a range of social problems including violence, delinquency, and mortality from suicide or alcohol or other substance abuse.
Thus these findings alert us to the urgency of implementing prevention programs in these communities. Moreover, given that American Indian youth are already using drugs and alcohol at high levels by the time they become teenagers, we clearly must do more to intervene at an earlier age. Several early childhood interventions, such as the Nurse-Family Partnership, have been shown to effectively and cost-effectively reduce adolescent drug use and related problems in disadvantaged communities by targeting risk and protective factors as early as the prenatal period and infancy.
Another program, Family Spirit, is tailored specifically for American Indian teen mothers and has shown positive early results. Early prevention using these or other interventions is crucial, lest we lose another generation of American Indians to substance abuse and addiction.
This page was last updated September Percent of adults aged 18 and over who had at least one heavy drinking day (five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women) in the past year: % Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure tribes, alcohol use is similar to or lower than the general U.S.
population. On a typical day, abstinence is An assessment of 10 tribal reservations and five urban Indian and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. Notice. Pouley fluently recites statistics in a weary refrain: “One-quarter of Indian children live in poverty, versus 13 percent in the United States.
They graduate high school at a rate 17 percent. Much like Native American reservations across the United States, the 38,person indigenous community is disconnected from the state's economic lifelines and untouched by development.
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