The Racial Tension Between Underprescription and Overprescription of Pain Medication Amid the Opioid Epidemic
America is in the midst of an opioid crisis. However, unlike prior addiction epidemics, the victims are mostly white. Even in the face of that fact, doctors often discount the pain experienced by African American patients and prescribe patients weaker opioids and lower doses of opioids, leading to prolonged pain. This article attributes at least some of these differences to racial bias, much of it implicit. There are many challenges to combatting racial bias in medicine—particularly pain medicine, including the subjective nature of pain and the lack of a consistent standard of care. This Article explores the problem of pain, the racial bias in treatment, and possible legal avenues for addressing bias. By utilizing the data that have already been gathered and gathering more data in the future, the medical community may be able to develop a better standard of care for pain treatment and institute measures that reduce bias and its impact on African American patients.
Access to Health Care: What Are the Barriers to Equitable Access and How Can They Be Overcome?
Discusses the many obstacles of making health care accessible to everyone, including lack of public resources.
The Role of Race in Child Custody Decisions between Natural Parents over Biracial Children
Analysis of social trends in custody after divorce of biracial children and the family law approach to race as a factor in judicial decision making
Reasonably Suspicious Algorithms: Predictive Policing at the United States Border
As big data’s promises of increased efficiency and serendipitous insights spread across a broad range of sectors, they are accompanied by new risks—some intuitive, some unpredictable. That dichotomy is heavily accentuated in the law enforcement context, where blithe application of
#SayHerName: Racial Profiling and Police Violence Against Black Women
Andrea J. Ritchie∞ As the nation wrestles with the relentless reality of police violence against Black, Brown and Indigenous bodies and the enduring impacts of mass incarceration on individuals, families and communities of color, we also continue to grapple with
How Race-Selective and Sex-Selective Bans on Abortion Expose the Color-Coded Dimensions of the Right to Abortion and Deficiencies in Constitutional Protections for Women of Color
April Shaw∞ Abstract The Supreme Court’s analysis of the fundamental right to abortion as articulated in Planned Parenthood v. Casey fails to take into account how race operates to restrict women of color’s ability to exercise their right to an