According to an article published in the Washington Post there appears to be large differences in prescription of pain medicine between blacks and whites. They also go onto note that whites are more likely to abuse said prescription drugs. In the immortal words of Rodney King,”Can’t we all just get along?” Does it happen? I’m sure it does. I’ve found myself prejudging patients purely on the basis of their diagnosis and history, and feel like shit later about it. It’s an interesting read and raises lots of issues and items for thought.
Read all about it here: Whites More Likely to Get ER Narcotics.