WASHINGTON — Young LGB people are at an increased risk of using substances such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana, Millennium Post reports.
The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, suggested that they are also at higher risk of polysubstance use than their straight peers.
“This data shows definitively that polysubstance use is an issue among many youth who identify as sexual minorities, meaning they are facing added health risks,” said Sarah Dermody, assistant professor at the Oregon State University.
“But there are also differences among the subgroups of youth who identify as sexual minorities, suggesting we need to look beyond the averages to understand what factors may be influencing substance use in this population,” Dermody said, according to Millennium Post.
For the study, the team involved more than 15,000 LGB youth. The goal was to better understand the risks associated with polysubstance use, or the use of three or more types of drugs, among sexual minority youth. The data showed that there is a sizable number of youth, both straight and LGB, who don’t use any substances at all, Dermody said.