- Aug 28, 2015
“We need to start paying attention to our neighbors.”
If we heeded that simple quote from O'dell Owens, it might help solve a lot of problems.
Owens, a doctor, public health official and one-time university president, was talking, in the video below, about how we treat people with drug problems, specifically about the current heroin epidemic, as viewed through the lens of the crack epidemic of 30 years ago.
Owens is African American, and like other African Americans, has questions about the heroin crisis and the response to it.
For complex reasons, addiction comes with racial fault lines. Heroin addiction has almost exclusively afflicted whites. The crack epidemic was viewed as predominantly a black problem.