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The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life | Healthiest Communities Health News
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The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life | Healthiest Communities Health News

As much as COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing health disparities in America – Blacks have had a 70% greater chance of death due to COVID-19 than whites – this, of course, is not the only shocking inequity in American health care. Tragically, the effort to save lives through organ transplantation is marred by a deep chasm separating the treatment of Blacks from whites.Black Americans die every day waiting for an organ because the transplantation system in America is weighted heavily against them, as study after study has shown.Everyone deserves an equal chance at living a full life. To achieve this most basic measure of fairness, there must be reforms to the organ transplantation process. This should be a core element of the push for health equity in the United States, which already ...
Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Supplies of a Drug Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction Fell During the Pandemic | Healthiest Communities Health News

Researchers say regulations that limit patient access to methadone may have contributed to a significant decline in supplies of the opioid use disorder medication within the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.The nation’s supply of methadone per capita fell 20% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of that year, marking the biggest decrease over the last decade, according to the findings of an analysis published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open.The study examined data tracking the commercial distribution of methadone, as well as the other most commonly used medication for treating opioid use disorder, buprenorphine, from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2021 to compare supplies of both drugs before and during the COVID-19.While the per capita supply of buprenorphine...