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 McCovey, 801 of 33
2. Ntozake Shange, 702 of 33
3. George Taliaferro, 913 of 33
4. Otis Rush, 84Source:Getty 4 of 33
5. George Walker, 96Source:Getty 5 of 33
6. Kofi Annan, 80Source:WENN 6 of 33
7. Aretha Franklin, 76Source:Getty 7 of 33
8. Ron Dellums, 838 of 33
9. Angela Bowen, 829 of 33
10. Joe Jackson, 89Source:Getty 10 of 33
11. XXXTentacion, 20Source:Getty 11 of 33
12. Neal Boyd, 42Source:Getty 12 of 33
13. Dorothy Cotton, 88Source:Getty 13 of 33
14. Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, 74Source:Getty 14 of 33
15. Dovey Johnson Roundtree, 10415 of 33
16. Velvalea Rodgers 'Vel' Phillips, 9416 of 33
17. Doris Ward, 86Source:Getty 17 of 33
18. Yvonne Staples, 80Source:Getty 18 of 33
19. Cecil Taylor, 89Source:Getty 19 of 33
20. Donald McKayle, 87Source:Getty 20 of 33
21. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81Source:Getty 21 of 33
22. Linda Brown, 76Source:Getty 22 of 33
23. Les Payne, 7623 of 33
24. Floyd J. Carter, Sr., 95Source:Getty 24 of 33
25. Ensa Cosby, 4425 of 33
26. Lerone Bennett Jr., 89Source:Getty 26 of 33
27. Reg E. CatheySource:Getty 27 of 33
28. Lovebug Starski, 57Source:Getty 28 of 33
29. Olivia Cole, 75Source:Getty 29 of 33
30. Wyatt Tee Walker, 88Source:Getty 30 of 33
31. Jesse 'Smiley' RutlandSource:WENN 31 of 33
32. Hugh Masekela, 78Source:Getty 32 of 33
33. Edwin Hawkins, 74Source:Getty 33 of 33
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