Study: Black Teens Less Likely to Use Drugs Than Other Races

November 10, 2011  |  

A new Duke University study found that African American and Asian teenagers are less likely to use drugs and alcohol than teens of other races.

Of teens across all racial groups, aged 12-17, 37 percent used alcohol or drugs in the past year and 7.9 percent were classified as having a drug problem.

Author of the study, Dan Blazer, from the university’s Department of Psychiatry, said, “There is certainly still a myth out there that black kids are more likely to have problems with drugs than white kids, and this documents as clearly as any study we’re aware of that the rate of … substance-related disorders among African American youths is significantly lower.”

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  • David L.

    Very interesting. I hope more people find out about this study and stop stereotyping addicts the way they so often do. As much as people want to avoid the issue, race plays a huge role in the War on Drugs.

  • Deee

    @ The above commenters

    That is so true you guys! ALL the white kids I see have done some form of hard drugs. What is with white kids drowning themselves in hard drugs? Is life really that bad? I never got it! Heck, even their tv sitcoms use it as jokes!

  • Southerngrown2001

    very true because I grew up in a wealthy white town and those kids use to sniff, smoke, shoot, swallow… all the drugs they could.

  • I know this is true. No one talked to the idiots who actually used rugs when i was in school. Selling was one thing, still bad, but using? No. Then my parents moved us to a white neighborhood and they (spoiled rich white kids) use all sorts of things. Every synthetic drug they can get their hands on and all the prescription stuff their grandmother forgot was in the house.

  • JustAshley

    I think this study is on point. When I was in high school the black youth only smoked Mary**** or drank liquor while the white kids in the suburbs had the off the chain party blowouts with every type of drug you could find. The  black kids who hung with the white kids also tended to do the harder drugs.

    • Jimmy Swaggered

      Damn right!  Weed and alcohol is all we need!