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March 8, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

DC’s Black population accounts for most of the city’s opioid epidemic deaths

HEALTH | Fentanyl and carfentanyl are two opioids – and they are responsible for most of the overdose deaths of Blacks in DC. These deaths have increased by 245% from 2014 to 2017 among Black men between the ages of 40 and 69. One doctor is trying to treat this ‘invisible’ population by raising awareness and partnering with local hospitals. (NPR, 3/8)

This epidemic started in white suburban and rural areas where people are overdosing mostly with prescription medicine like Percocet and OxyContin. Dr. Chapman says that African-American patients have historically been less likely to be prescribed pain narcotics.

“The theory is that African-Americans tolerate pain better. That’s a myth,” Dr. Chapman says. But it probably saved blacks from falling victim to the initial opioid crisis, he says.

RACIAL EQUITY
– Yanique Redwood, chair of WRAG’s Board of Directors and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, discusses her organization’s work to operationalize racial equity and the journeys of other grantmakers. (CHF Blog, 3/7)

–  What Funders Are Saying About Racial Equity and Homelessness (Funders Together to End Homelessness, 3/7)

POVERTY | Here’s the case for anti-poverty programs and the destruction of the myth that these programs discourage people from seeking employment. (Atlantic, 3/7)

IMMIGRATION
– The Justice Department will no longer enforce a rule that required asylum seekers get a full hearing before an immigration judge. Advocates say this will endanger asylum seekers who will not have an adequate opportunity to prove they are in danger. (WaPo, 3/7)

– Virginia Senate Passes Bill To Ban Sanctuary Cities, But Northam Promises To Veto It (WAMU, 3/7)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Kelly Lynch, brand & content specialist at Realized Worth, lists the reasons why women are drawn to the corporate social responsibility field in honor of International Women’s Day 2018. (Realized Worth, 3/8)

Related: If you want to hear more from Realized Worth, they’re one of our featured speakers and companies at the Fundamentals of CSR on April 26-27!

WORKFORCE | In June, the District will vote on whether tipped workers should be paid minimum wage. (WaPo, 3/7)

TAX REFORM | Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce is hosting its annual Budget and Tax Briefing: Navigating the Challenges Ahead Together on March 22 and 23. Find more information here.

PUBLIC SAFETY | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says he opposes the administration’s proposal to arm teachers and offers his own proposals to increase school safety. (WaPo, 2/28)


Check out New York Times’ new Overlooked section, which features obituaries of women who left their mark on our society.

– Kendra

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