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J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2014;13(4):405-29. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2014.958639.

Experiences of and attitudes toward injecting drug use among marginalized African migrant and refugee youth in Melbourne, Australia.

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a Burnet Institute and Monash University , Melbourne , Victoria , Australia.

Abstract

Little is known about injecting drug use (IDU) among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia. We interviewed 18 young people of African ethnicity (6 current/former injectors, 12 never injectors) about exposure and attitudes to IDU. Exposure to IDU was common, with IDU characterized as unnatural, risky and immoral. IDU was highly stigmatized and hidden from family and friends. There is a need for culturally appropriate programs to promote open dialogue about substance use to reduce stigma and prevent African youth who may use illicit drugs from becoming further marginalized.

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Africa; culturally and linguistically diverse communities; injecting drug use; qualitative research; refugee health; youth

PMID:
25397639
DOI:
10.1080/15332640.2014.958639
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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