Substance Abuse - Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
Several former Soviet countries have witnessed the rapid emergence of major epidemics of injection drug use (IDU) and associated HIV/HCV, suggesting that immigrants from the former Soviet Union (FSU) may be at heightened risk for similar problems. This exploratory study examines substance use patterns among the understudied population of opioid-using FSU immigrants in the U.S., as well as social contextual factors that may increase these immigrants' susceptibility to opioid abuse and HIV/HCV infection. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 FSU immigrants living in New York City who initiated opioid use in adolescence or young adulthood, and with 6 drug treatment providers working with this population. Informed by a grounded theory approach, interview transcripts were inductively coded and analyzed to identify key themes.
Guarino, Honoria; Moore, Sarah K.; Marsch, Lisa A.; and Florio, Sal, "The Social Production of Substance Abuse and HIV/HCV Risk: An Exploratory Study of Opioid-using Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union Living in New York City" (2012). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 1225.