Addiction Knows No Color, Treatment Does –
May 8, 2019 – However, previous national research shows that opioid use disorder occurs at about the same rate in black and white populations. Even as the number of buprenorphine prescriptions written at outpatient clinic visits grew rapidly over the previous decade, the study finds that the percentage of those visits involving black patients fell over time. “We shouldn’t see differences this large, given that people of color have similar rates of opioid use disorder,” says Pooja Lagisetty, M.D., M.Sc. an opioid researcher and internal medicine physician.