Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

For years, discussions about America's substance-abuse crisis have focused almost exclusively on the narrative that it is white, middle-age adults who face the greatest risk of dying from drug overdoses, alcoholic liver disease and suicide. But after roughly a decade, researchers at UCLA and elsewhere have begun to dismantle this idea. In a study published recently in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, authors found that deaths of despair rates for middle-age Black and Native Americans have surged past those of white Americans as the overdose crisis moves from being driven by prescription opioids to illegal drugs such as fentanyl and heroin. While the opioid crisis did raise drug overdose deaths among white Americans for a time, it was an anomaly,



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One of the usual clods here was bemoaning the phrase "deaths of despair" awhile ago. It is a thing. But then again, some of the same crowd seemed to have a problem with the whole concept of sociology.

#1 | Posted by Dbt2 at 2024-05-22 12:58 AM | Reply

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