February 13, 2020
Scott Sylak, Executive Director, Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, "What were seeing is a tremendous growth in the number of opioid related deaths in minority communities.
December 8, 2019
There's been alarming data about the quality of life in the United States. First, a new study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that life expectancy in the U.S. has decreased and that working-age Americans are less likely to live to retirement age than previous generations.
January 10, 2019
Kaiser Family Foundation provides reliable state health data, including opioid overdose deaths by race and ethnicity. This data set is particularly helpful for understanding how opioid overdoes death rates among different races and ethnic groups differ between states.
February 26, 2019
Last April, The Baltimore Sun ran an op-ed essay by a woman in mourning. Her sister, a “middle-class suburban mom,” had become addicted to alcohol and opioids and died. Two years earlier, The Wall Street Journal published the names and photographs of some of the 300,000 Americans who had died of opioid overdoses since the 1990s. Smiling faces stared back at the reader with eyes full of promise.
Community Conversations — Activity
The opioid epidemic has received considerable attention in the news and in public policymaking. But this is only the most recent in a long history of drug epidemics in the U.S. In this activity, we explore the way that race has shaped empathy toward drug users.