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The Opioid Crisis in Black Communities

Overview of attention for article published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, January 2021
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#10 of 1,177)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (98th percentile)

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16 news outlets
blogs
1 blog
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145 tweeters
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1 Facebook page

Citations

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171 Dimensions

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Title
The Opioid Crisis in Black Communities
Published in
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, January 2021
DOI 10.1177/1073110518782949
Pubmed ID
Authors

Keturah James, Ayana Jordan

Abstract

While much of the social and political attention surrounding the nationwide opioid epidemic has focused on the dramatic increase in overdose deaths among white, middle-class, suburban and rural users, the impact of the epidemic in Black communities has largely been unrecognized. Though rates of opioid use at the national scale are higher for whites than they are for Blacks, rates of increase in opioid deaths have been rising more steeply among Blacks (43%) than whites (22%) over the last five years. Moreover, the rate of opioid overdose deaths among Blacks already exceeds that of whites in several states. The lack of discussion of Black overdose deaths in the national opioid discourse further marginalizes Black people, and is highly consistent with a history of framing the addictions of people of color as deserving of criminal punishment, rather than worthy of medical treatment. This article argues that, because racial inequalities are embedded in American popular and political cultures as well as in medicine, the federal and state governments should develop more culturally targeted programs to benefit Black communities in the opioid crisis. Such programs include the use of faith-based organizations to deliver substance use prevention and treatment services, the inclusion of racial impact assessments in the implementation of drug policy proposals, and the formal consideration of Black people's interaction with the criminal justice system in designing treatment options.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 204 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 27 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 11%
Researcher 21 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 20 10%
Student > Bachelor 20 10%
Other 27 13%
Unknown 67 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 37 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 22 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 20 10%
Psychology 12 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 3%
Other 31 15%
Unknown 76 37%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 248. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 September 2022.
All research outputs
#119,643
of 22,526,255 outputs
Outputs from The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
#10
of 1,177 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#4,323
of 493,577 outputs
Outputs of similar age from The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
#2
of 73 outputs
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