News & Updates Program Brief

Issue Brief: Promoting Equity in Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Supports: A Focus on Black Communities

April 09, 2021

In recent years, the gap in the rate of opioid overdoses among Black and white Americans has narrowed significantly, with increases in Black mortality driven in part by the addition of synthetic opioids to other drugs. Despite the more pressing need for treatment, Black Americans have less access to treatment with buprenorphine than white Americans. In a new issue brief, three FORE grantees — Helena Hansen, M.D., Ph.D., Ayana Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., and Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H. — describe how they are working to identify gaps in care and promising approaches to close them.