The issue I have chosen is substance abuse among the American Indian community. I was inspired to research this topic after reading “There There” a novel by Tommy Orange. Substance abuse is at an all time high in the American Indian community especially among the youth.
This issue for sure does impact people outside the Native American community like for example other minority groups but it is at its highest among the Native American community. According to source 1 “Data indicate that Native Americans have the highest rates of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, inhalant, and hallucinogen use disorders compared to other ethnic groups.” As you can see other ethnic groups for sure do suffer from this issue but Native Americans in all of the above categories have the highest rate.
Source 2 lists many ways that substance abuse can be controlled a little more “Healthy and secure relationship between parent and child, Perceived parental disapproval of substance use, Parental monitoring and encouragement, Living in a two-parent home, Religious belief, Higher levels of engagement in school, Access to good healthcare, Bicultural competence, Participation in hobbies/activities, Ability to handle oneself effectively in social situations” In order to stop this horrible cycle that’s being passed down family members, they need to learn the horrible consequences that comes with substance abuse. Because of this violent cycle the youth is being more affected by this like source 3 states “A survey comparing drug use among Native American youth living on or near reservations to a national sample of American youth found that Native American youth report substantially higher use of alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, and other illicit drugs.”
After learning about this topic I want to learn more about any other issue the Native American or any other minority group might be facing and what the solution might be.