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Analysis of the Relationships Among Community Composition, Individual Race/Ethnicity, and Opioid Use

Presentation Title
Race, Place and Opioid Utilization: The Complex Relationships Among Community Racial/Ethnic Composition, Individual Race/Ethnicity, and Opioid Utilization
Author
Dr. Lanlan Xu - Senior Research Associate
Dates
February, 2019
Market
IMPAQ Health
Description

Dr. Lanlan Xu discussed the complex underlying contributing factors for racial and ethnic differences in prescription opioid use.

APA Citation

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.