Hispanic drug abuse in an evolving cultural context: an agenda for research

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2006 Sep;84 Suppl 1:S8-16. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2006.05.003. Epub 2006 Jun 5.


Drug abuse in the U.S. Hispanic population appears to be in a dynamic state of acceleration, although there are differences in drug use patterns between U.S.-born and foreign-born Hispanics, and across Hispanic subgroups (i.e., Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Central or South American). An understanding of the consequences of cultural adjustments for drug use is needed to effectively anticipate the scope and dimensions of illicit drug use in the largest, rapidly growing, minority group in the U.S. This paper provides an epidemiologic overview of current Hispanic drug use, summarizes research on the relationship between culture change and drug use, organized according to individual, social (i.e., family and peer group), and community level influences on drug use, and offers a systematic agenda for future research.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adolescent
  • Age of Onset
  • Child
  • Culture
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Research / standards*
  • Social Adjustment
  • Substance-Related Disorders / ethnology*