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Battling Increasing Addiction Rates in African-American Communities

Michael Brown
Michael Brown
Director for Counter Narcotics Technology

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Welcome to The Opioid Matrix: A Journey Into The Rabbit Hole. We’re seeing an alarming and rapid increase in the rates of opioid addiction and overdoses in African American communities across the country. Disparities in prescription procedures, improper pain management strategies, the pandemic, the defunding of dedicated task forces — these factors are all contributing to this growing problem. In this episode, Michael Brown, the Global Director of Counter-Narcotics Interdiction Partnerships at Rigaku Analytical Devices and one of our expert co-hosts, breaks down the elemental reasons for this rise, and what we can do to stop it.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Addressing inequalities in specific communities such as lack of access to treatment centers and economic opportunities.
  • Investing in and rebuilding areas afflicted with drug-related violence.
  • Eliminating trafficking routes.
  • Instituting harm-reduction programs and rebuilding community infrastructure.
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