ERIC Number: ED346643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention and Disability.
VSA Educational Services, Washington, DC. Resource Center on Substance Abuse Prevention and Disability.
This guide examines how the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has focused attention on the issue of the relationship between disabilities and the increased risk for alcohol and other drug problems. A number of reasons for increased risk of drug use in individuals with disabilities are discussed, such as medication use, health concerns or chronic pain, peer group differences, fewer social supports, and enabling of alcohol and other drug use. Disability categories identified as at risk for alcohol and other drug use are examined, including attention deficit disorder, blindness and visual impairments, deafness and hearing loss, hidden disabilities, learning disabilities, mental illness, mental retardation, mobility limitations, and traumatic brain injury. The guide then cites needs in the area of drug abuse prevention for this population, including research, access to appropriate prevention information, early identification of problems, and access to appropriate treatment. Activities that can address these issues are noted. The distinction between use, abuse, and dependence is explained. A list of 16 materials available from the Resource Center on Substance Abuse Prevention and Disability is provided. (13 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, At Risk Persons, Civil Rights Legislation, Disabilities, Drug Abuse, Federal Legislation, Intervention, Organizations (Groups), Prevention, Resources, Substance Abuse
Resource Center on Substance Abuse Prevention and Disability, 1331 F St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 (braille, large print, and audiocassette versions also available).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Authoring Institution: VSA Educational Services, Washington, DC. Resource Center on Substance Abuse Prevention and Disability.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990