Opioid-related overdose deaths among African Americans have only recently received national attention despite evidence of increase in death rates among this population spanning the past decade. Numerous authors have highlighted how the ‘opioid epidemic’ has largely been portrayed as a problem mostly affecting White America. The purpose of this commentary is to provide a synthesis spotlighting the unique structural and cultural considerations involved in research, practice and policy related to opioid use and treatment for opioid use disorders among African Americans. The commentary concludes with considerations for future research and practice intended to reduce deaths among this group.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was sponsored and supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under award numbers: R01DA049333; PI Stevens‐Watkins and K08DA032296; PI: Stevens‐Watkins. The content is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the University of Kentucky.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Health(social science)