Skip Navigation SAMHSA News - SAMHSA's Award Winning Newsletter SAMHSA News - SAMHSA's Award Winning Newsletter
SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2010, Volume 18, Number 4 

Adult Substance Use Varies among Hispanic Populations

Substance Use among Hispanic Adults, a recent NSDUH report from SAMHSA shows significant differences in rates of substance use among various Hispanic adult populations.

  • Adults of Spanish origin have a level of past-month alcohol use 50 percent higher than the rate for adults of Dominican origin (60.8 versus 40.3 percent).
  • Similarly, the rate of current illicit drug use among adults of Spanish origin is over three times higher than the level among adults of Dominican origin (13.1 versus 3.9 percent).
  • Current binge drinking rates among Hispanic adult populations range from a high of 28.7 percent among adults of Puerto Rican origin to a low of 20.8 percent among adults of Central or South American heritage.
cover of Substance Use among Hispanic Adults - click to view publication

The study also shows that U.S.-born Hispanic adults have much higher substance use rates than Hispanic adults born outside the U.S.

For example, the past-month alcohol use rate among U.S.-born Hispanic adults is over 50 percent higher than among their foreign-born counterparts (57.7 versus 37.2 percent).

The past-month illicit drug use level among U.S.-born Hispanic adults is more than triple the rate found among foreign-born Hispanic adults (11.3 versus 3.0 percent).

These higher rates among U.S. born Hispanic adults generally held within each age group examined.

Substance Use among Hispanic Adults is based on data drawn from the 2004 to 2008 NSDUHs.

Past-Month Substance Use among Hispanic Adults, by Hispanic Subgroup*: 2004 to 2008

Enlarge image

bar chart showing past-month substance use among Hispanic adults, by Hispanic subgroup - click to enlarge image

* Estimates for the “Other, Hispanic” subgroup were suppressed due to low precision.

Source: SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies (May 27, 2010). Figure 3. Past-Month Substance Use among Hispanic Adults, by Hispanic Subgroup*: 2004 to 2008. Substance Use among Hispanic Adults. Rockville, MD.

Text only


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response

SAMHSA efforts make behavioral health a top priority.



  From the Administrator  
Coping with the Oil Spill

Coping with the Oil Spill

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., talks about participating in public forums in the Gulf states. Read more.

What’s in a Term:  Latest Responses

What’s in a Term: Latest Responses

SAMHSA has received more than 250 emails in response to the Administrator’s call for comments. Read selected responses.


  Recovery Month  
Ready for Recovery Month?

Ready for Recovery Month?

September is here! Visit RecoveryMonth.gov for details on the biggest celebration yet!



  Multicultural Outreach & Data  
Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

For Chinese, Hispanic, and Native young adults, new public service campaigns focus on mental health.


  Trauma  
Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

When children lose loved ones, what happens then? Also read about creating a trauma narrative.

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health for Service Members

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health

SAMHSA recently convened a Policy Academy to help soldiers as they return from the battlefield.


  Trends  
Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

More treatment admissions report abuse of pain relievers.

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Marked changes have occurred in admissions for substance abuse treatment in the past 10 years.


  Statistics  
In the ER:  Reports on Suicide Attempts

In the ER: Reports on Suicide Attempts

What substances showed up in emergency rooms related to suicide attempts by adolescents and young adults?

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

State-level analyses update data on alcohol abuse, cocaine, pain relievers, and more.


  Women & Substance Abuse  
New Data on  Women Who Work Full Time

New Data on Women Who Work Full Time

How does employment affect women’s substance abuse and treatment?


  Suicide Prevention  
Remember the Lifeline!

Remember the Lifeline!

Feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless? Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


  Medicaid  
Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Read about a program that helped increase Medicaid enrollment by 17 percent.


  Other News  
Treatment Directory Available

Treatment Directory Available

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2010 is now available.

Entertainment Industry Meets with Treatment Experts

SAMHSA’s Dr. H. Westley Clark participated in an expert panel to discuss accurate depictions of substance abuse in entertainment.



  


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration – 1 Choke Cherry Road – Rockville, MD 20857
AdobeTM PDF and MS OfficeTM formatted files require software viewer programs to properly read them.
Click here to download these FREE programs now.