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By Kevin McKenzie
The Commercial Appeal 

Largely white opioid epidemic highlights black frustration

 


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The circle of patients gathered for group therapy at a doctor's family practice in McKenzie could well represent the face of the state's opioid epidemic.

They were in a small city in a rural county, fertile ground for prescription drug addiction, though they traveled from as far as Nashville and Missouri. They were young or middle-aged and ranged from blue-collar workers to businesspeople. They said painkillers prescribed after accidents or injuries paved the way to their dependence on opioids.

They also were all white.

Of all deaths in 2015 from opioid and heroin ov...



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