Inequity treating addictions

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In trying to combat the opioid epidemic in 2017, I was confronted by a black friend who expressed his anger at the way the healthcare system, legal system, and local governments were now rallying to this cause, which he attributed to the impact on the white community. He was right. This was and is a glaring example of inequity. I considered all the partners involved in the effort to combat the epidemic, and I realized that almost none were black or Latino. Our previous attempts to combat substance use disorders and addictions had been largely punitive and enforced along racial lines. These biases and practices continue today in how we treat addiction and its community effects.

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  • When did this story occur? 1-5 years ago
  • Date submitted: 2021-02-01 12:00
  • Gender: Male

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  • In my story, people are: Treated differently, some are worth more than others
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