Opioids’ Impact on Indiana Minorities – A Conversation

Indiana Minority Health Coalition partnered with Side Effects Public Media to hold a town hall style discussion around the Opioid Epidemic and the impact on minorities on February 13, 2018. The discussion was conducted via livestream. Topics covered included pain management, criminal justice response, harm reduction and community perspectives.

When a New York State Senator said, “It’s not a ghetto drug. It’s happening to doctor’s kids,” he was referring to opioids. He was also describing two mindsets – one focused on criminality, the other on treating a disease. And many perceive racial and ethnic implications in these two ways of thinking about the opioid epidemic. The topic is explored in a 90-minute conversation hosted by WFYI’s Side Effects health reporting unit in partnership with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.

Guests: Jocelyn Bush, MD – specialist in anesthesiology and pain management; Brad Ray, PhD – mental health and criminal justice researcher, Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis; Ronald Sullivan – director of Harvard’s Criminal Justice Institute; Joselyn Whitticker – president of the Grant County (IN) Minority Health Coalition Moderator: Michael Twyman, PhD – consultant and associate faculty member at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.


Learn more about Side Effects Public Media at http://sideeffectspublicmedia.org/

Learn more about the Indiana Minority Health Coalition at http://www.imhc.org/

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