Mentor: Jarron Saint-Onge, Associate Professor, Sociology
Substance Abuse and Treatment in Indigenous Populations
With the opioid epidemic around the United States, one group is typically left out of the conversation: indigenous populations struggling with substance abuse. In the United States, indigenous groups face a higher rate of substance abuse and overdoses than the general population. However, this is also prevalent with the Maori group in New Zealand, suggesting that substance abuse in indigenous populations may be due to socioeconomic factors and accessibility to healthcare. In the review of the literature, despite the differences in health structures for the two nations, indigenous populations have higher rates of substance abuse. The results suggest that a culturally-based intervention is optimal for treatment of substance abuse in indigenous populations.
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology & English
Study Abroad: United Kingdom, Western Europe