The fact that the LGBT population uses a drug or two shouldn't come as a complete shock to anyone in it, but a recent analysis of studies on substance abuse by the Center for American Progress (via The Fix) presents discomfiting results.
"Although data on the rates of substance abuse in gay and transgender populations are sparse," writes Jerome Hunt, "it is estimated that between 20 percent to 30 percent of gay and transgender people abuse substances, compared to about 9 percent of the general population."
Hunt then summarizes a collection of research regarding the LGBT community:
Hunt's report goes on to cite three main factors that influence his findings:
Hunt goes on to provide a detailed analysis of each of these factors and present both long- and short-term strategies for eliminating the vast disparity between the gay community and the general population.
For now, take it easy on yourselves this weekend.
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