Substance use disorder in the context of LGBT health: a social work perspective

Anthony Silvestre, Rodger L Beatty, M Reuel Friedman
Social Work in Public Health 2013, 28 (3): 366-76
The impacts of public and private funding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health research, the state of integration of LGBT health issues into the academic and professional training programs of health care practitioners, and the larger social reality experienced by LGBT people profoundly affect substance use and substance use disorders in those populations. This analysis uses a social work perspective and considers the current state of research, professional training, and social oppression as they affect the health of LGBT people. Suggestions for action are offered that may improve the health of LGBT peoples and the practice of social work.

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