Racial Differences in Addiction and Other Disorders Aren't Mostly Genetic

Racial Differences in Addiction and Other Disorders Aren't Mostly Genetic

Does anyone out there believe that the current, opioid epidemic is due to racial genetic differences? Earlier this month during a discussion on marijuana legislation, Kansas Representative Steve Alford applied similar logic to a parallel situation. He that a key reason for drug laws in the 20th century was that African-Americans “were basically users and they basically responded the worst off those drugs just because [of] their character makeup, their genetics, and that.” In this reasoning, the Republican politician ignored the fact that rates of drug use and addiction are across races. He also ignored the real disparity: African-American drug...

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