Minorities Saw Steeper Drop In Access to Opioid Use Disorder Meds During Pandemic

June 15, 2022


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Presented by Michigan News

Thuy Nguyen, a research assistant professor at the U-M School of Public Health, discusses the widened racial and ethnic disparities in access to medicines that treat opioid use disorder, specifically buprenorphine, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nguyen notes that a possible explanation for this decline is that minority groups were more affected by the loss of employment, the need to buy their prescriptions or help to get to a pharmacy. The faculty expert further explains the findings from the research study.

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