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The Opioid Epidemic in Black Communities

April 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

The Opioid Epidemic in Black Communities
Danielle Dicken
This presentation will look at the opioid epidemic in Black communities. Black individuals now die at higher rates than white individuals from opioid overdoses. Once considered a white disease, communities of color have not been given attention in the epidemic, and resources have focused on rural, middle-class white communities.

This presentation will address this problem and discuss the impact of systemic racism in regard to addiction treatment and, more specifically, opioid use disorder. Historical context will be provided, and the impact of the opioid crisis on Black communities today will be discussed. The presenter will suggest that the use of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Systems Theory combined can be used to implement comprehensive and culturally responsive care for Black individuals and communities.

The presentation will address the need for macro-level change through policy but will end with suggestions for immediate solutions to remediate care disparities and reach more Black individuals.
April 25, 2023 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT



April 25, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
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