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The Health Effects and Treatment of Minority Drug Use

Health Effects of Drug Use

A National Vital Statistics Report found that 28,723 persons died of drug-induced causes in 2003. Of the drug-induced deaths, 3,527 were black, 2,358 were Hispanic and 22,245 were white. Drug-induced deaths include deaths from dependent and nondependent use of drugs (legal and illegal use) and poisoning from medically prescribed and other drugs. It excludes unintentional injuries, homicides, and other causes indirectly related to drug use. Also excluded are newborn deaths due to mother's drug use.

Treatment of Drug Use

According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), more than 20% of those admitted to treatment facilities in the U.S. during 2005 were black (non-Hispanic).

Race/Ethnicity of Treatment Admissions, 2005

Race/Ethnicity Percent





Hispanic origin




     Puerto Rican




     Other/not specified




     Alaska Native


     American Indian


     Asian/Pacific Islander




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