Bethesda North Marriott Hotel Conference Center
November 13, 2006
Yonette Thomas, Ph.D.
Meeting Purpose and Intent:
The purpose of this workshop was to:
- Provide an opportunity for researchers from different disciplines to highlight and answer epidemiologic questions related to drug abuse trajectories among African Americans and
- Engage participants in a focused discussion on how to critically generate prevention interventions that are likely to best serve this population.
Questions to be addressed include the following:
- What do we mean by "drug abuse trajectory?"
- What does the current literature say about drug abuse trajectories and how they differ by race/ethnicity?
- What risk and protective factors are related to the different trajectories and crossover effects and do these factors differ across and within racial/ethnic groups and among African Americans in particular?
- What gaps exist in our research in understanding trajectories of drug abuse among African Americans?
- How do trajectories link to high-risk outcomes such as HIV/AIDS?
- What should the next generation of research look like particularly with regard to prevention interventions?
- How can NIDA encourage research to address these questions?
Brief Discussion of Meeting Outcome:
Various topics were raised in the discussion, such as:
- Are current research methods and tools adequate for measuring such factors as discrimination and incarceration?
- Stress - Do the data imply that African-Americans are exposed to more stress? The general conclusion was that the fundamental question is: "why they don't use drugs much more, given the stressors and what are the coping mechanisms that help explain that?"
- Is the research community fully exploiting the data that already exist?
- Are there ways to reexamine existing data to address some of the gaps in knowledge?
- To what extent are new studies needed, and what approach should they take?
Participants discussed various ways of publishing the information shared at the meeting, such as in a special issue of a journal and the contents and parameters of that publication. They agreed to continue the discussion in a follow-up conference call.
Publications: None to date
Participant list (PDF Format, 176kb), (Word Format, 248kb)
Agenda (PDF Format, 188kb), (Word Format, 148kb)