There is a common myth going around about race, drug use and arrests. The myth says that blacks and whites use drugs at the same rate, but blacks are arrested for drug crimes more, indicating racism in enforcement of drug laws.
Studies that claim to show that blacks and whites use drugs at the same rates are based on surveys. The thing is, people lie on surveys. Lots of people who take drugs are not going to tell a researcher that they do so.
Many of the people the researchers asked who said that they didn’t take drugs were lying about it. It’s common sense. Surveys are not an accurate way to determine the rates at which people use drugs. Just because x amount of people admitted to taking drugs does not mean that those are the only people in the survey who take drugs. More people asked actually use drugs, but lied about it.
And studies show that African Americans do lie about drug use more then whites.
A 2001 study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that when people arrested for crimes were asked abut drug use and tested, blacks were more likely then whites to lie about marijuana and methamphetamine.
There is also a 2003 report from Addictive Behaviors which surveyed 290 black men who were being treated for high blood pressure. 48 of the men admitted to using illegal drugs. But urine tests found that 131 of the men were using illegal drugs. Even though only 19% of the men admitted to taking illegal drugs, 45% were using illegal drugs.
A study from 2005, in the Journal of Urban Health found that black people were 10 times more likely to lie about cocaine then whites. The study also found that Hispanics were 5 times more likely to lie about cocaine then whites. The study also found that 0 of the 191 whites involved lied about marijuana whereas 1 in 8 of the 191 blacks in the sample lied about marijuana.