Samuel Kelton Roberts

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Can Supervised-Injection Sites Stem the Epidemic of Opioid Deaths?

Jimmy TobiasIf Trump were serious about reducing the number of fatal opioid overdoses, he might have considered this solution.The post Can …

Research Finds Signs Of Recovery, Solidarity At Underground Safe Injection Site

According to researchers, models for supervised drug injection facilities that have shown results abroad could also make a big difference at home, where the opioid crisis continues to overwhelm current medical resources.<p>A study published last week in the <i>International Journal of Drug Policy</i> revealed …

Staten Island

One of the most promising tools for combating opioid abuse has been passed over in the U.S. so far, but research surrounding an unsanctioned program suggests that it’s time for lawmakers to think again.<p>An article published this week in the <i>American Journal of Preventive Medicine</i> addresses the …

Drug Addiction

In one year, drug overdoses killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War did

2015 was the worst year for drug overdose deaths in US history. Then 2016 came along.<p>More Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016 than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War — the result of the US’s opioid epidemic.<p>That’s one takeaway from a new report by Josh Katz for the New York Times, based …

Overdose Death Rates

The U.S. government does not track death rates for every drug. However, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control …

Medicine

The opioid epidemic has now reached black America

Drug overdose deaths are skyrocketing among black Americans.<p>There’s a common narrative told about America’s current opioid epidemic: It is, unlike many of the drug overdose crises of the past, predominantly a white epidemic.<p>The newest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, …

How the War on Drugs Damages Black Social Mobility

The social mobility of black Americans has suffered collateral damage from the “War on Drugs.” Being convicted of a crime has devastating effects on …

A Look At Rikers Island's Legacy Of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

Rikers Island Correctional Facility has run a model opioid treatment program since 1987.<p><i>This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.</i><p>NEW YORK — For …

Opioid Overdose Deaths by Race/Ethnicity

The Kaiser Family Foundation website provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, global …

Health Care

Public Health / Harm Reduction Chapters

How States Handle Drug Use During Pregnancy

Across the country, hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers have been accused of child abuse or other crimes when they or their newborns tested …

How drug laws aimed at pregnant women penalize their children

Shortly after Cassie Duran’s son was born, he began to suffer from symptoms of drug withdrawal. The newborn’s tiny body shook and shivered — and he often cried inconsolably. She blamed herself: Duran had taken methadone during pregnancy.<p>"I felt so bad," the Boston native says, "I was like ‘I can’t …

Crack Baby Myth

PHILADELPHIA – From the moment she was born, much of the country assumed Jaimee Drakewood was doomed. Her mother had her in the throes of a crack cocaine addiction. She was, as the politicians dubbed it, a crack baby.<p>"I immediately get defensive," Drakewood, now 25, says about hearing the term. …

The Liberator: Susan Burton on the War on Drugs, Black Motherhood and Freedom

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Drug policy is race policy. To honor drug-policy reformers on the front lines, for Black History Month, the Drug Policy Alliance, in</i> …

3 Reasons Why Criminalizing Pregnant Women for Drug Use is a Bad Idea

The research is clear: criminalizing pregnant women who use or abuse drugs doesn’t help them or their babies. Treatment and harm reduction strategies …

Drugs

The Drug War is the New Jim Crow

<b>The Drug War is the New Jim Crow by Graham Boyd</b><p><i>Published in NACLA Report on the Americas, July/August 2001</i><p>Despite the growing public feeling that the …

Heroin Has Never Discriminated

But America's reaction to addiction sure has.<p><i>Read the rest of Tonic's opioid coverage here.</i><p>America's heroin addiction is dominating public discourse and headlines today, yet it's not the first time we've fallen down the long, dark hole of dependency thanks to this powerful drug. The history of …

Ron Crowder and Street Works: Doing Black Harm Reduction and Public Health During a ‘White’ Drug Crisis

When I visit a city, I like to check out people doing interesting stuff. Usually these will be individuals or organizations working in social justice …

Samuel K. Roberts - The Root

<i>Editor’s note: Drug policy is race policy. To honor drug-policy reformers on the front lines, for Black History Month, the Drug Policy Alliance, in</i> …

Racial disparities in the monitoring of patients on chronic opioid therapy.

2013 Jan;154(1):46-52. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2012.07.034.<p>1VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA. …

Pain

How the Heroin Epidemic Differs in Communities of Color

Most of the media attention in the current nationwide heroin epidemic has focused on the uptick in overdose deaths among suburban, white, …

Opioid Scourge Has Spread, Not Shifted, Across Racial Groups

As opioids increasingly dominate the national conversation about substance abuse, addiction and overdose deaths, public health professionals are …

Public Health

White America’s death crisis: The pain is real, but our perception is warped by the “white racial frame”

“Deaths of despair” soar among whites and it’s a national crisis yet there’s silence when black and brown folks die<p>Donald Trump used naked bigotry and obvious racism to win the presidency. His slogan "Make America great again" was a promise to further lift up white Americans by placing their feet …

How White Users Made Heroin a Public-Health Problem

In the past, when users of the drug were disproportionately black, they faced severe punishments.<p><i>This piece was reported through The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal-justice system.</i><p>Heroin use and abuse in America has dramatically increased over the past …

Rand Paul

Why are black Americans less affected by the opioid epidemic? Racism, probably.

Amid all the horrors of the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic, one good bit of news is that it hasn't hit minority communities very hard. But there's never really been, in my view, a satisfactory explanation for this: Why are minority communities avoiding the worst of the epidemic?<p>Well, the New …

Public Health

In the Bronx, Heroin Woes Never Went Away

During the 1970s and ’80s, Sojourner McCauley, who grew up in the Melrose Houses in the South Bronx, was known as a “garbage head.” Garbage heads were catholic in their drug tastes, getting high on whatever was around. Until she stopped at the insistence of her children 30 years ago, Ms. McCauley, …

The Current 21st Century Cures Legislation Is Still A Bad Deal For Patients

A lot can happen in 18 months.In July 2015, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which contained public science funding …

Mom Who Lost Son To Heroin Overdose Takes Opioid Abuse Fight to White House

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Triad mother, who lost her son to a heroin overdose, says a bill soon to be signed by President Obama is just the start of …