From The ‘War On Drugs’ To ‘National Health Emergency’: Opioid Addiction & Health Disparities In Black Communities

opioid addictionThe United States is battling one of the deadliest public health crises in our history. Drug overdoses have now become the leading cause of accidental death for people under the age of 50. During a hearing in late October 2017, Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic “a national health emergency.” The opioid addiction crisis has impacted all races, genders and ethnicities. It’s claiming more lives every day, an average of 144. The crack epidemic of the 1980’s is still not in remission and continues to resonate within communities of color.