Dr. Lanlan Xu discussed the complex underlying contributing factors for racial and ethnic differences in prescription opioid use.
Xu, Lanlan. (2019, February). Race, Place and Opioid Utilization: The Complex Relationships Among Community Racial/Ethnic Composition, Individual Race/Ethnicity, and Opioid Utilization. Presentation at the National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), Washington, DC.
More than 130 people a day die from opioid-related drug overdoses. Opioid overdose death rates per 100,000 have been steadily increasing since 1999 and accelerated in 2013. Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites, ethnic minorities have fewer outpatient opioid pain prescriptions, but higher rates of poverty, uninsurance, and poor health. An analysis currently under way is studying how much of racial/ethnicity differences in opioid use can be explained by group differences in risk factors.