Black Americans have felt the brute force of discrimination in many areas, including and especially public health. Startling statistics on drug-related death rates among people of color have jolted us into a national panic in the past, and a new analysis by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT) may likely do the same thing in the present.
African-Americans have seen disproportionally large increases in drug deaths, with a rise of 12.6 to 17.6 deaths per 100,000, or 39 percent, between 2015 and 2016. Black folks have the biggest rise in deaths, topping Whites with a 19 percent increase and other racial and ethnic minority groups, including Latinos with a 24 percent increase in that time period. The record-high elevation in rates is also rather drastic considering Blacks had “relatively low” drug overdose rates —averaging 35 percent lower than Whites between 2006 and 2015.
Oddly enough, Black Americans have had lower drug, alcohol and suicide death rates than White Americans in that time period, TFAH, a Washington, D.C. based health policy organization, and WBT, a national health improvement foundation, reported in their November 2017 Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy.
Suicide rates among Blacks and Latinos in 2016 also dramatically climbed more than other demographic groups with 10 and 9 percent increases, respectively.
The dramatically sharp rises in death rates bring more attention to proposed solutions to address racial disparities when it comes to health, especially concerning discrimination’s harmful effects on people of color.
TFAH and WBT suggested a “National Resilience Strategy” that takes a “comprehensive approach by focusing on prevention, early identification of issues and effective treatment.” Both organizations have ideas to lower excessive alcohol consumption, improve pain management and treatment for various diseases as well as target the Opioid crisis.
These organizations need legislative and public support to accomplish their goals to end drug-related deaths and racial health disparities. Folks can get involved with the organizations’ ramping up their fight on their website: Healthy Americans.
In Memoriam: Notable Deaths In 2018
1. Willie Naulls, 84Source:Getty 1 of 36
2. Olivia Hooker, 103Source:Getty 2 of 36
3. Kim Porter, 47Source:Getty 3 of 36
4. Willie McCovey, 80Source:false 4 of 36
5. Ntozake Shange, 70Source:false 5 of 36
6. George Taliaferro, 91Source:false 6 of 36
7. Otis Rush, 84Source:Getty 7 of 36
8. George Walker, 96Source:Getty 8 of 36
9. Kofi Annan, 80Source:WENN 9 of 36
10. Aretha Franklin, 76Source:Getty 10 of 36
11. Ron Dellums, 83Source:false 11 of 36
12. Angela Bowen, 82Source:false 12 of 36
13. Joe Jackson, 89Source:Getty 13 of 36
14. XXXTentacion, 20Source:Getty 14 of 36
15. Neal Boyd, 42Source:Getty 15 of 36
16. Dorothy Cotton, 88Source:Getty 16 of 36
17. Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, 74Source:Getty 17 of 36
18. Dovey Johnson Roundtree, 104Source:false 18 of 36
19. Velvalea Rodgers 'Vel' Phillips, 94Source:false 19 of 36
20. Doris Ward, 86Source:Getty 20 of 36
21. Yvonne Staples, 80Source:Getty 21 of 36
22. Cecil Taylor, 89Source:Getty 22 of 36
23. Donald McKayle, 87Source:Getty 23 of 36
24. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81Source:Getty 24 of 36
25. Linda Brown, 76Source:Getty 25 of 36
26. Les Payne, 76Source:false 26 of 36
27. Floyd J. Carter, Sr., 95Source:Getty 27 of 36
28. Ensa Cosby, 44Source:false 28 of 36
29. Lerone Bennett Jr., 89Source:Getty 29 of 36
30. Reg E. CatheySource:Getty 30 of 36
31. Lovebug Starski, 57Source:Getty 31 of 36
32. Olivia Cole, 75Source:Getty 32 of 36
33. Wyatt Tee Walker, 88Source:Getty 33 of 36
34. Jesse 'Smiley' RutlandSource:WENN 34 of 36
35. Hugh Masekela, 78Source:Getty 35 of 36
36. Edwin Hawkins, 74Source:Getty 36 of 36
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