Emails, responses to PolitiFact Texas, Kim DiFonzo, senior media specialist, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nov. 20, 2012

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Nov. 20, 2012

According to Dr. Susan Weiss, Scientific Advisor to the Director:

 

“There are a variety of factors that can contribute to drug abuse, socio-economic status being one of them, along with family support, peers/siblings that use drugs, genetics, school problems. Being poor doesn’t necessarily put you at risk, nor does being rich protect you from risk.”

 

Kim

Kim DiFonzo

Senior Media Specialist, Contractor

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Bethesda, MD 20892

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) [mailto:wgselby@statesman.com]

Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:01 PM

To: DiFonzo, Kim

Subject: RE: Texas reporter, urgent inquiry

 

Does the adviser agree or disagree that there is no evidence linking poverty to drug use?

 

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W. Gardner Selby

 

PolitiFact Texas

www.politifact.com/texas

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Nov. 20,2012

The adviser disagrees that there are no data linking poverty to drug use—it can be a major stressor in a person’s life—which can in turn lead to drug use.

 

Kim

Kim DiFonzo

Senior Media Specialist, Contractor

National Institute on Drug Abuse