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Assessment of Racial/Ethnic and Income Disparities in the Prescription of Opioids and Other Controlled Medications in California

Although most drug epidemics in the US have disproportionately affected non-white communities, the current California opioid crisis has done the opposite -- it has been heavily concentrated among low-income whites. Led by a team including PISC Scholar Phillipe Bourgois, this study evaluated prescription drug monitoring program data in order to explore this deviance, and concluded that race/ethnicity and income class differences in access to opioids via the California health care system may have played a role in the current epidemic.

 

 

 

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