Racial disparities showed up in opioid addiction treatment during COVID

  • Racial disparities showed up in opioid addiction treatment during COVID

    Posted by on June 23, 2022 at 9:19 AM

    People from racial and ethnic minority groups were less likely to obtain prescriptions to treat opioid addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

    The findings give further weight to the conclusion that the COVID-19 pandemic more negatively affected minority groups, who face more barriers to health care in general.

    “Drops in prescribing medication to treat opioid addiction at the onset of the pandemic were significant for Black, Hispanic, and Asian patients, but not for white patients,” says study coauthor Jennifer Miles, a postdoctoral associate in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University.

    For the study in JAMA Network Open, researchers examined Symphony Health, a national prescription database

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