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. Kim Porter, 47Source:Getty 1 of 34
2. Willie McCovey, 802 of 34
3. Ntozake Shange, 703 of 34
4. George Taliaferro, 914 of 34
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6. George Walker, 96Source:Getty 6 of 34
7. Kofi Annan, 80Source:WENN 7 of 34
8. Aretha Franklin, 76Source:Getty 8 of 34
9. Ron Dellums, 839 of 34
10. Angela Bowen, 8210 of 34
11. Joe Jackson, 89Source:Getty 11 of 34
12. XXXTentacion, 20Source:Getty 12 of 34
13. Neal Boyd, 42Source:Getty 13 of 34
14. Dorothy Cotton, 88Source:Getty 14 of 34
15. Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, 74Source:Getty 15 of 34
16. Dovey Johnson Roundtree, 10416 of 34
17. Velvalea Rodgers 'Vel' Phillips, 9417 of 34
18. Doris Ward, 86Source:Getty 18 of 34
19. Yvonne Staples, 80Source:Getty 19 of 34
20. Cecil Taylor, 89Source:Getty 20 of 34
21. Donald McKayle, 87Source:Getty 21 of 34
22. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81Source:Getty 22 of 34
23. Linda Brown, 76Source:Getty 23 of 34
24. Les Payne, 7624 of 34
25. Floyd J. Carter, Sr., 95Source:Getty 25 of 34
26. Ensa Cosby, 4426 of 34
27. Lerone Bennett Jr., 89Source:Getty 27 of 34
28. Reg E. CatheySource:Getty 28 of 34
29. Lovebug Starski, 57Source:Getty 29 of 34
30. Olivia Cole, 75Source:Getty 30 of 34
31. Wyatt Tee Walker, 88Source:Getty 31 of 34
32. Jesse 'Smiley' RutlandSource:WENN 32 of 34
33. Hugh Masekela, 78Source:Getty 33 of 34
34. Edwin Hawkins, 74Source:Getty 34 of 34
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