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Our Opioid Crisis Reveals Deep Racial Bias In Addiction Treatment

TIME (07/15) – In The Souls of Black Folk, the sociologist W.E.B. DuBois posed a piercing question: “How does it feel to be a problem?” DuBois wasn’t contemplating the problems of people; we all have them. Rather, DuBois was spotlighting that a person’s very own existence—particularly a black American’s during Jim Crow segregation—can be a problem that others wish to control. Over eight decades later, when crack ripped apart American inner cities and crept into the wombs of women, DuBois’s question for poor, black mothers-to-be wrestling with drug addiction seemed as poignant as ever: “How does it feel to be a problem?” Read more

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