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From "Kickeando las malias" (kicking the withdrawals) to "Staying clean": The impact of cultural values on cessation of injection drug use in aging Mexican-American men

TitleFrom "Kickeando las malias" (kicking the withdrawals) to "Staying clean": The impact of cultural values on cessation of injection drug use in aging Mexican-American men
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsFlores, DV, Torres, LR, Torres-Vigil, I, Bordnick, PS, Ren, Y, Torres, MI, Deleon, F, Pericot-Valverde, I, Lopez, T
JournalSubst Use MisuseSubst Use Misuse
Volume49
Pagination941-54
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number1532-2491 (Electronic)<br/>1082-6084 (Linking)
Accession Number24779493
AbstractDrug use among older adults is a growing concern, particularly for the burgeoning Hispanic population. Older adults seeking drug treatment will double over the next decade to almost 6 million. Cultural factors influence drug use, and more specifically, Hispanic cultural values influence heroin use. This study explored Mexican-American injection drug users' adherence to traditional Hispanic cultural values and their impact on cessation. Ethnographic interviews endorsed contextualized influences of values on heroin use. Cultural values functioned dichotomously, influencing both initiation and cessation. Understanding the impact of cultural values on substance abuse is critical given the changing demographics in American society.