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Community opinion on Collingwood substance abuse prevention needs Hetherington, Tom Tom


This study gathered data on: What are the community identified substance abuse prevention needs in a culturally diverse, low income, urban community? The study focused on the Collingwood area of Vancouver as it is a multicultural, low income, and urban neighborhood. The study identified community opinion on local prevention needs by interviewing twelve area residents, eleven social service providers, and two distribution employees (total n=25). A content analysis methodology was used to identify ten frequently cited themes under attitudinal and strategic classifications. The results indicate resident and provider differences. Residents are tolerant and providers view this tolerance as denial. Residents favor social control and treatment strategies; providers favor attitude change and holistic strategies. Existing resources were seen as fragmented and early prevention education as being central to a comprehensive strategy. The implications of these findings for planners is discussed.

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