Fighting Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in the Native American Community
Native American Substance Abuse Statistics
Native Americans and Alcohol
- Native Americans die from alcoholism at a rate that is 510 percent higher than other ethnic groups.
- Native Americans are the most likely ethnic group (12.1 percent) to be “heavy drinkers,” defined as having five or more drinks on the same occasion.
- Native Americans are also the most likely group to be binge drinkers (29.6 percent)
- Native Americans, both male and female, have the highest prevalence of weekly heavy drinking.
- Native Americans are the most likely ethnic group (16.4 percent) to report early onset of drinking – that is, drinking before the age of 15.
- Multiple studies show that Native Americans are at increased risk for alcohol-related traumas such as domestic violence, rape and assault.
- Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder rates are higher among Native Americans than the national average.
- Overall, 11.7 percent of Native American deaths are alcohol-related.
Native Americans and Substance Abuse
- Nearly 20 percent of Native Americans currently abuse drugs.
- Native American youth abuse heroin and prescription drugs at a rate two to three times higher than the national average.
- Eight percent of Native American eighth graders report regular marijuana use, compared with 1.3 percent of other 8th graders.
- FBI offices located in Native American communities report that 40 to 50 percent of the violent crimes they investigate are tied to methamphetamine.
- Native Americans suffer from opiate addiction at a higher rate than other ethnic groups, and are at elevated risk for overdose.
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