Dismantling racism against Black, Indigenous, and people of color across the substance use continuum: A position statement of the association for multidisciplinary education and research in substance use and addiction

Holly N. Hagle, Marlene Martin, Rachel Winograd, Jessica Merlin, Deborah S. Finnell, Jeffrey P. Bratberg, Adam J. Gordon, Cheyenne Johnson, Sharon Levy, Doreen MacLane-Baeder, Rebecca Northup, Zoe Weinstein, Paula J. Lum

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Abstract

The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA) acknowledges that racism profoundly affects persons who use alcohol and other drugs. Racism's deadly effects compounded with other social determinants of health result in a cascade of negative impacts. The AMERSA Board of Directors (BOD) proposes an initial set of strategies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion using a framework that speaks to four key AMERSA experiences: engagement, education, mentorship, and leadership. Through these strategies, AMERSA commits to promoting equity and inclusion to dismantle the individual, institutional, and structural racism that has permeated the United States for centuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalSubstance Abuse
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Substance use
  • racism
  • social determinates of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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