Minorities Less Likely to Get Pain Medication

Very disturbing article from ABC News who documents the sad story of Julie Posey, a 65-year-old retiree living with pain. She lived with extreme pain for 9 years before her physician would prescribed any pain medication stronger than Tylenol.

A study released Tuesday reveals racial and ethnic minorities may be less likely to receive pain medication by emergency department doctors than white patients, despite the fact that opioid prescribing for patients making pain-related visits to the emergency department increased over the past 15 years.

Pandagon has more analysis here. (H/T to Rachel)

This is about having a discussion about the spectrum of racism and bias, not accusing people of running around in a Klan Night Rider hood. People often head straight for the defensive zone there to make sure everyone knows they aren’t “racist,” when in fact this study proves that implicit bias has direct impact on minority health and well being. It’s there, and it’s dangerous.

Far too many people think that racism only manifests itself in the most extreme forms. This study shows otherwise. A person may have pre-conceived biases that affect their views and the way they do their job.

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