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Racial and Ethnic Groups

Office Meets Dynamic Challenges of Diversity

Describes NIDA’s Special Populations Office which promotes addiction science that examines health disparities and foster research careers among members of underrepresented communities.

Stress Response May Underlie African- Americans' Reduced Pain Tolerance

Summarizes research suggesting a physiological difference as the explanation for African-Americans' reported low tolerance for pain.

Ethnicity Influences Early Smoking and Progression to Drug Abuse

Summarizes findings from a 10-year study that monitored smoking and progress to other drugs among youth that found ethnicity to be an influential factor.

Program Reduces Girls' Delinquent Behavior

Reports on a study involving adolescent girls who were treated for delinquent behaviors in a well-supervised family setting, referred to as Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care.

Ethnic Groups Have Contrasting Genetic Risks for Nicotine Addiction

Describes research exploring differences and similarities in the genetic profiles of African-Americans and European-Americans who are heavy smokers.

Fewer Girls Are Smoking, But Change Is Uneven

Reports 2010 rates of cigarette smoking among eighth girls, providing historical data and racial and ethnic differences.

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