Lifting the veil on drug abuse in LA's Koreatown

In a blue-and-white church on the outskirts of Los Angeles' Koreatown, pastor Young Ho Han is trying to lift the veil on a problem silently afflicting his community: drug abuse among young Korean-Americans.

It's an issue Han knows well, starting with his own addiction to cocaine in the 1970s to the increasingly young U.S.-born Koreans whose parents approach him today.

Among all Asian groups, Koreans have some of the highest rates of illicit drug use. According to federal data, 12.9 percent reported using a narcotic within the last year. Those figures are only slightly below overall nationwide rate.

For years, studies lumped all Asians into one category. But increasingly, health officials and advocates are pointing toward the need to evaluate individual subgroups and take a culturally-mindful approach to treatment.



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Text from AP news story, Near LA's Koreatown, Pastor Tries to Lift Veil on Drug Abuse, by Christen Armario.


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