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Health – Drug Abuse – Deaf

From Jamie Berke,
Your Guide to Deafness.
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Addicted Deaf and Hard of Hearing

When I was in junior high, I had a close encounter with drugs. One day a small group of hearing teens invited me to try some “stuff,” and they showed it to me. It was white and powdery. I had no idea what it was, but my intuition told me that it was something bad. Looking back, I believe it was cocaine. Fortunately, at the time I had enough sense to say no. In the ’70s, they didn’t teach me about drugs and what little I knew came from reading.

Drug Education for Deaf Students

There are captioned and signed videos available through the Captioned Media Program under the Drug Abuse category. An article that addresses drug education for deaf students is “Drug abuse resistance education (d a r e): special consideration for students who are deaf or hard of hearing,” Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association p 9-11, vol. 26, no. 2, Fall 1992.

Research on Deafness and Drug Abuse

Many articles have been written on substance abuse among deaf and hard of hearing people. The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program provides several articles online, many of which have bibliographies. Topics include ethics, access to treatment, and an analysis of the Minnesota treatment model. Additional papers include: Continue


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