A group of recently arrived Jewish Russian refugee adults and teenagers were given questionnaires asking about their perceptions of drug and alcohol abuse in Russia, America, and in their refugee community. In addition, a group of social workers who work with these refugees and a group of health professionals were asked similar questions. The results showed that many of the Russian refugees were aware of the drug and alcohol problems in America, but did not report these kinds of problems in their community. The social workers with whom they worked agreed that drugs were not a problem for these recent Jewish Russian refugees, but disagreed about the degree of alcohol problems in this community.
In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.72 no.4, Summer 1996.