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Blacks, Whites Equally as Likely to Be Prescribed Opioids for Pain

Source: University of Michigan
Racial disparities in pain management have been well-documented, with doctors historically more willing to prescribe opiates to whites than to other racial and ethnic groups. But in light of new national policies to improve prescribing practices, University of Michigan researchers wanted to know whether racial and ethnic disparities in how pain is managed have changed in recent years—particularly if any shift in opioid prescribing was associated with changes in the use of other pain medications.
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