Title

Perceptions of Drug Users and Drug Use Within Rural Communities

Presenter Information

Eric Seitz

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to investigate the perceptions of drug users and drug use in communities lacking in basic diversity, specifically Ellensburg, Washington. The reasons for conducting more extensive research into this topic is to find out the relationships between community perceptions, drug use, and access to health for those that use drugs, as well as their general health status. We have attempted to answer this question, primarily, to see if those in rural communities suffer from poor health status because of the negative perceptions about those who use serious drugs in rural communities. A survey using a Likert scale was the primary research tool. Many aspects contribute to the negative health outcome of drug users, such as the political climate, and the inherent stigma that is a part of rural communities. These community members’ social perceptions also act as a barrier for drug users and healthcare access.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Vanessa Harbour

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School and Public Health

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Perceptions of Drug Users and Drug Use Within Rural Communities

SURC 271

The purpose of this research is to investigate the perceptions of drug users and drug use in communities lacking in basic diversity, specifically Ellensburg, Washington. The reasons for conducting more extensive research into this topic is to find out the relationships between community perceptions, drug use, and access to health for those that use drugs, as well as their general health status. We have attempted to answer this question, primarily, to see if those in rural communities suffer from poor health status because of the negative perceptions about those who use serious drugs in rural communities. A survey using a Likert scale was the primary research tool. Many aspects contribute to the negative health outcome of drug users, such as the political climate, and the inherent stigma that is a part of rural communities. These community members’ social perceptions also act as a barrier for drug users and healthcare access.