Addictions & Recovery – Substance Use Disorders – ethnic and racial diversity

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Compose substantial responses to 2 student posts (students have posted on the topic that follows) ….
The United States population now has more ethnic and racial diversity than ever before, and the Pew Research Center (2015) projects that by 2055 no racial or ethnic group will be in the majority. This has many implications related to trends in the occurrence of substance use disorders, and demographic shifts in terms of the populations affected. Review the podcast and article below and answer the questions that follow.
NPR/WBUR-Boston: Drug addiction gets new treatment on campaign trail  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.(Click on the red play button at the top of the page)
New York Times: In heroin crisis, White families seek gentler war on drugs (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Pew Research Center (2014): America’s new drug policy landscape: Two-thirds favor treatment, not jail, for use of heroin, cocaine. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Links to an external site.
What evidence is there, if any, that drug legislation and policing practices vary depending on the populations involved? Provide references to support your response.
How can differences in application of policy affect how treatment is delivered to different subgroups who have substance use disorders? In your answer discuss the role of cultural and self awareness on the part of the treatment providers.
References
Ashbrook, T. (2016, January 21). Drug addiction gets new treatment on campaign trail. National Public Radio: On Point with Tom Ashbrook. Podcast retrieved from https://onpoint.wbur.org/2016/01/21/drug-abuse-election-2016-personal-stories (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Pew Research Center (2014, April 2). America’s new drug policy landscape: Two-thirds favor treatment, not jail, for use of heroin, cocaine. Retrieved from http://www.people-press.org/2014/04/02/americas-new-drug-policy-landscape/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Pew Research Center. (2015, September 28). Modern immigration wave brings 59 million to U.S., driving population growth and chnge through 2065. Retrieved from http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/28/modern-immigration-wave-brings-59-million-to-u-s-driving-population-growth-and-change-through-2065/
Yankah, E. N. (2016, February 9). When addiction has a white face. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/opinion/when-addiction-has-a-white-face.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0 (Links to an external

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