Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Resources (RADAR) Center
Spitzer Department of Social Work
Ben Gurion University
Immigrants & Drug Use
Approximately 500,000 Russian speaking people have
immigrated to the US since 1989. It is estimated that 2,500 are addicted
to heroin. Little is known, however, about drug use among this population.
Some researchers believe that immigration and the process of acculturation
are linked to drug use. Research supported by the US National Institute on
Drug Abuse shows that ethnic and cultural factors can have an affect on
patterns of drug use.
The Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources (RADAR) Center, Ben Gurion
University, Israel and Russianseattle.com have agreed to work together to
provide information about drug use among immigrants from the Former Soviet
Union. The RADAR Center is a leader in the research of drug use among
Russian speaking immigrants. It is hoped that this cooperation will
contribute to a better understanding of key issues including the need for
improved prevention and treatment services.