Correlates of Illicit Drug Use Among Indigenous Peoples in Canada: A Test of Social Support Theory [2018]

Relying on a national stratified random sample of Indigenous peoples aged 19 years old and above in Canada, this study investigates the correlates of illicit drug use among Indigenous peoples, paying special attention to the association between social support measures and illegal drug use. Results from multivariate logistical regression show that measures of social support, such as residential mobility, strength of ties within communities, and lack of timely counseling, are statistically significant correlates of illicit drug use. Those identifying as Christian are significantly less likely to use illegal drugs. This is the first nationwide analysis of the illicit drug usage of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The results are robust because we have controlled for a range of comorbidity variables as well as a series of sociodemographic variables. Policy implications from these findings are discussed.

Liqun Cao, Velmer S. Burton, Jr., Liu Liu

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol 62, Issue 14, 2018