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The Opioid Crisis in Black Communities

Overview of attention for article published in 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 (#7 of 1,005)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)

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13 news outlets
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135 tweeters
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Title
The Opioid Crisis in Black Communities
Published in
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 130 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 12%
Researcher 15 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 9%
Student > Bachelor 12 9%
Other 23 18%
Unknown 31 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 28 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 9%
Psychology 11 8%
Computer Science 3 2%
Other 22 17%
Unknown 39 30%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 216. 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 30 March 2021.
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#95,329
of 17,471,368 outputs
Outputs from Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
#7
of 1,005 outputs
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#2,995
of 283,379 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
#1
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