May 5, 2022

As Overdoses Soar, More States Decriminalize Fentanyl Testing Strips

With time running out in the 2022 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers took up a bill to regulate raw milk.
February 10, 2022

Hospitals in Communities with More People of Color Less Likely to Offer Programs Addressing Opioid Use

Study identifies gaps in hospital-based substance use services that may contribute to racial and ethnic health disparities
January 11, 2022

Study: Opioid Deaths Have Surged Among Older Black Men

A roughly tenfold increase in opioid deaths among adults 55 and older has been driven primarily by overdoses among Black men, according to a new study.
December 28, 2021

Opioid Overdose Death Rate Rose Faster for People of Color

Structural racism, including lack of access to substance use treatment and discrimination in the criminal justice system, is resulting in a deadly rise in overdoses among people of color. A government study seeks effective interventions.
November 8, 2021

Is 'Dopesick' a true story? Experts and the show's creators sort fact from fiction

Hulu's Dopesick depicts the start of the opioid addiction crisis in the U.S. and some of the people it has affected. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and NPR addiction correspondent Brian Mann spoke with Dopesick author Beth Macy and Dopesick series creator/showrunner Danny Strong to discuss the show and just how real it is.
October 22, 2021

A proposed Biden drug policy could widen racial disparities, civil rights groups warn

A coalition of nearly 100 civil rights and criminal justice reform groups is protesting a Biden administration proposal that would potentially stiffen prison sentences for certain synthetic opioids, warning that it will exacerbate racial disparities already in the system.
September 10, 2021

Black Opioid Deaths Increase Faster Than Whites, Spurring Calls For Treatment Equity

A study published Thursday reveals a growing racial disparity in opioid overdose death rates. Deaths among African Americans are growing faster than among whites across the country. The study authors call for an "antiracist public health approach" to address the crisis in Black communities.
September 13, 2021

Fatal Opioid ODs Keep Rising in Black Americans

MONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The decades-long U.S. opioid epidemic could be hitting Black people harder than white folks as the crisis enters a new phase.