An Epidemic of Opium Dependence Among Asian Refugees in Minnesota: characteristics and causes

Joseph Westermeyer, Touxa Lyfoung, John Neider

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Abstract

After several decades absence, opium smoking has reappeared in the U.S. Introduced by Indochinese refugees in the early 1980's, it has spread to several regions of the country. In this report the characteristics of refugee opium addicts is described. In addition, the factors contributing to a fertile situation for opium addiction are presented. Finally, implications of these findings and remedial recommendations are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-789
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Addiction
Volume84
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1989

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