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. George Taliaferro, 911 of 31
2. Otis Rush, 84Source:Getty 2 of 31
3. George Walker, 96Source:Getty 3 of 31
4. Kofi Annan, 80Source:WENN 4 of 31
5. Aretha Franklin, 76Source:Getty 5 of 31
6. Ron Dellums, 836 of 31
7. Angela Bowen, 827 of 31
8. Joe Jackson, 89Source:Getty 8 of 31
9. XXXTentacion, 20Source:Getty 9 of 31
10. Neal Boyd, 42Source:Getty 10 of 31
11. Dorothy Cotton, 88Source:Getty 11 of 31
12. Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, 74Source:Getty 12 of 31
13. Dovey Johnson Roundtree, 10413 of 31
14. Velvalea Rodgers 'Vel' Phillips, 9414 of 31
15. Doris Ward, 86Source:Getty 15 of 31
16. Yvonne Staples, 80Source:Getty 16 of 31
17. Cecil Taylor, 89Source:Getty 17 of 31
18. Donald McKayle, 87Source:Getty 18 of 31
19. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81Source:Getty 19 of 31
20. Linda Brown, 76Source:Getty 20 of 31
21. Les Payne, 7621 of 31
22. Floyd J. Carter, Sr., 95Source:Getty 22 of 31
23. Ensa Cosby, 4423 of 31
24. Lerone Bennett Jr., 89Source:Getty 24 of 31
25. Reg E. CatheySource:Getty 25 of 31
26. Lovebug Starski, 57Source:Getty 26 of 31
27. Olivia Cole, 75Source:Getty 27 of 31
28. Wyatt Tee Walker, 88Source:Getty 28 of 31
29. Jesse 'Smiley' RutlandSource:WENN 29 of 31
30. Hugh Masekela, 78Source:Getty 30 of 31
31. Edwin Hawkins, 74Source:Getty 31 of 31
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