Health Disparities in Prescribing Opioids
This section describes geographic, racial, gender, age, and socioeconomic disparities characteristic of the opioid epidemic as well as opioid prescribing.
Overview of Disparities in the Opioid Epidemic
- This report summarizes the latest information available for various health outcomes, health behaviors, and prescribing patterns related to the drug problem in the United States. This report covers latest data available on rates of opioid prescribing, substance use disorder, nonfatal hospitalizations and emergency department visits, and overdose deaths. National information, and some state information, is presented to serve as a resource to help address the ongoing national problem of drug abuse, addiction, and overdose.
- Presentation available for download, and includes highlights of the data, maps, tables, and charts from the second Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes – United States.
Disparities in Opioid Prescribing
- This article addresses the question of how have key opioid prescription measures changed by state between 2006 and 2017 in the United States, and are changes evenly distributed across states?
- People receive different care depending on where they live. Healthcare providers play an important role in offering safer and more effective pain treatment — Access information, an infographic, and a video that discusses this important topic.
Disparities in SUD and OUD Treatment Services
- Thirty-five times more white patients than patients of color receive buprenorphine, and three-quarters of prescriptions go to those who pay cash or have private insurance.
- Listen to the accompanying podcast and read the original research article in JAMA Psychiatry.
- This article discusses the disparities that exist in SUD and SUD treatment, as well as the role of cultural competence and social work education and training in the treatment of SUD.
How to Provide Equitable Health Care
- This website provides information on providing quality health care for all populations regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and geographic location.