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Substance Abuse

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that rates of illicit drug use are higher among American Indians and Alaska Natives (9.9 percent) than other major racial/ethnic groups. Alcohol abuse is prevalent among AI/AN youth and drinkers over 26 years old, and the use of tobacco among Indian youth has reached alarming rates. New initiatives in recent years offer hope in reducing these trends through education and the integrated treatment of substance abuse with mental health concerns.

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