Few studies focus on substance use among the 60 distinct ethnic groups that comprise the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population, and epidemiological surveys on substance use either omit or aggregate AAPIs. As a result, the extent and breadth of AAPI substance use is minimized, and AAPI substance use is often ignored. However, recent studies indicate an increase in AAPI drug use, particularly ecstasy/molly consumption at electronic dance music (EDM) events, and nearly half of all drug-related fatalities at EDM events were AAPIs. To illuminate the hidden patterns of AAPI drug use and identify risk factors of substance-related harms, this project describes rich data from 14 intensive interviews. Using a qualitative approach with a snowball sampling technique, this study explains the onset, persistence, and desistance of AAPI drug use and explores the settings and factors that shape pleasurable and harmful use.
The findings suggest a normalized drug culture is present among AAPIs, which influences all aspects of Asian American drug use. More importantly, pervasive drug use among Asian American peer groups shaped AAPI drug use. Peers impacted the onset, persistence, and setting of drug use, and peers influenced positive and negative AAPI experiences. Grounded in the narratives in this study, peer-to-peer education and drug checking programs for AAPIs, particularly at EDM festivals, should be implemented to reduce risks and promote desistance.
|Commitee:||Malm, Aili, Vickovic, Samuel G.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Criminology|
|Keywords:||AAPI, Asian American, Drug use, Ecstasy, Harm, Peer-to-peer|
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