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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A study about the correlation between discrimination and drug abuse by Haslyn E. R. Hunte, Ph.D., assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and San Diego School of Public Health professor Tracy L. Finlayson has been published online in the Journal of Urban Health.

In the study titled, “The Relationship between Perceived Discrimination and Psychotherapeutic and Illicit Drug Misuse in Chicago, IL, USA,” Dr. Hunte and Finlayson found that more experiences of discrimination by a person are related to higher levels of drug use.

“One of the interesting findings of this study is that discrimination is harmful to all groups of individuals, not only racial or ethnic minorities,” Hunte said.

For full release: http://wvuhealthcare.com/wvuh/Content/Media/News-Releases/2013/SEPT/WVU-public-health-researcher-examines-link-between

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