Non-opiate and cannabis use in ethnic minority groups

Information for participants

NatCen have been commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to explore differences in drug use patterns between ethnic minority groups in England.

Why take part?

This research will explore differences in drug use prevalence, prevention, and barriers to treatment of drug use in ethnic minority groups in the UK. This will allow us to make recommendations to help reduce uptake of drug use and drug dependency in certain ethnic minority groups and make recommendations to improve access to treatment and support for these groups.

What will taking part involve?

Taking part will involve participating in an interview at a time convenient for you. The interview will last up to 90 minutes and will be conducted by a NatCen researcher. The interview will take place either by telephone or video call, whichever you prefer.

In the interview we will ask you about your experiences of using drugs, and any experiences you might have had accessing treatment services to help with your drug use. We are interested in your experiences with drug use, in particular non-opiate drugs (such as amphetamines, khat, spice, cocaine, ecstasy, unprescribed tranquilisers or solvents) and cannabis. We are also interested in exploring your cultural background and any aspects of your identity that you think has impacted your experiences with drug use as well as your views around accessing support. Sharing this will help us get a real understanding of how different experiences link with each other and how treatment and support services can be improved. 

You will receive a £25 Love2Shop voucher as a thank you for taking part. Love2Shop vouchers can be used at many high-street shops and can also be exchanged for gift cards for specific shops (such as Asda, M&S and Sainsbury’s). The voucher will be sent to you after completing the interview.

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