Drug issues affecting the Pakistani, Indian and Chinese communities in Greater Glasgow

Simon C. Hunter, A. Ross, D. Heim, N. Bakshi, J. Davies, K. Flatley, B. Thom (Editor)

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This paper describes research on drug issues affecting Chinese, Indian and Pakistani people living in Greater Glasgow. There were two strands: (i) a questionnaire-based survey of young people and focus groups; (ii) interviews with young people and adults. The primary aims were to gather prevalence data and to investigate perceptions about current service provision. A methodological discussion also takes place as to the relationship between the quantitative and qualitative data gathered. Results show that use and misuse of drugs is reportedly present and increasing among young people in the three ethnic groups, with cannabis being the most prevalent drug. However, prevalence is still generally reported at lower levels than reported for the general population. Predictors of consumption include gender (male consumption higher), non-importance of religion, and higher consumption among friends from the same (self-identified) ethnic group. Service provision was felt to be insensitive to issues affecting Chinese, Indian and Pakistani groups. Specific issues (religious, cultural, social) that need to be addressed by service providers are outlined. A general conclusion is that choices should be available, and stereotypes and general assumptions should be avoided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-65
Number of pages16
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • drugs
  • drug abuse
  • glasgow
  • ethnic communities
  • pakistani
  • indian
  • chinese


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