We can’t discuss drugs without discussing race

Drugs and their use have long been contentious topics in the United States. The national conversation about drugs is multifaceted and diverse. One of the problems that needs to be addressed is the blatant racism that has colored the United States’ relationship with drugs.

The United States is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic, which was responsible for about 64,000 deaths in 2016. Victims of this epidemic have been largely white and from rural areas. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director...

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