Black kids less likely to receive pain medication than white kids in ER
Researchers have found that race appears to be a factor in the distribution of pain medications in the emergency room.
According to a recent study, black children were less likely to be given any pain reliever for moderate pain and opioids for severe pain when being treated for appendicitis.
The condition was chosen because it is one that doctors consistently treat with analgesics.
Overall, the team found that 12.2 percent of the black youth in the sample population received opioid drugs compared to 33.9 percent of their white counterparts.
Though there has been a general fear of giving opioids to young people for safety and potential dependency reasons, there are measures in place to address them.
The researchers involved in the study believe that there are racial disparities, and the next step is to figure out why they exist in order to eliminate them.
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