January 18, 2016

NOT QUITE MLK'S DREAM...:

Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites (GINA KOLATA and SARAH COHEN, JAN. 16, 2016, NY Times)

There is a reason that blacks appear to have been spared the worst of the narcotic epidemic, said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, a drug abuse expert. Studies have found that doctors are much more reluctant to prescribe painkillers to minority patients, worrying that they might sell them or become addicted.

"The answer is that racial stereotypes are protecting these patients from the addiction epidemic," said Dr. Kolodny, a senior scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and chief medical officer for Phoenix House Foundation, a national drug and alcohol treatment company.

The key to health reform is cutting consumption.

Posted by at January 18, 2016 3:26 PM

  

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