Russian Speaking Immigrants: Drug Use, Infectious Disease and Related Health Behavior

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This article focuses on drug use, infectious disease and other factors comparing FSU males who became addicted before and after immigration to Israel. 810 drug users were surveyed in treatment centers from January 2002 to January 2012. The Addiction Severity Index and other data collection instruments were used. Those addicted before immigration have a higher level of infectious disease (i.e., HCV, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis) and opiate use other than heroin. Those addicted after immigration reported higher rates of last 30 days sedative; cocaine and opiates other than heroin use. Injection drug use and ASI domain problem behavior were more prevalent among those addicted before immigration. Results evidence the impact of country of addiction origin on drug use patterns, infectious disease rates as well as other health related factors. Additional research of the relationship between acculturation and drug use is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1311-1315
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - 30 Oct 2014


  • Drug use
  • Infectious disease
  • Israel
  • Russian speaking immigrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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