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Drug issues affecting the Pakistani, Indian and Chinese communities in Greater Glasgow

Hunter, Simon C. and Ross, A. and Heim, D. and Bakshi, N. and Davies, J. and Flatley, K. (2004) Drug issues affecting the Pakistani, Indian and Chinese communities in Greater Glasgow. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 11 (1). pp. 49-65. ISSN 0968-7637

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Abstract

This paper describes research on drug issues affecting Chinese, Indian and Pakistani people living in Greater Glasgow. There were two strands: (i) a questionnaire-based survey of young people and focus groups; (ii) interviews with young people and adults. The primary aims were to gather prevalence data and to investigate perceptions about current service provision. A methodological discussion also takes place as to the relationship between the quantitative and qualitative data gathered. Results show that use and misuse of drugs is reportedly present and increasing among young people in the three ethnic groups, with cannabis being the most prevalent drug. However, prevalence is still generally reported at lower levels than reported for the general population. Predictors of consumption include gender (male consumption higher), non-importance of religion, and higher consumption among friends from the same (self-identified) ethnic group. Service provision was felt to be insensitive to issues affecting Chinese, Indian and Pakistani groups. Specific issues (religious, cultural, social) that need to be addressed by service providers are outlined. A general conclusion is that choices should be available, and stereotypes and general assumptions should be avoided.