Communities Of Color Struggling But Ignored In The Opioid Crisis


Edward Waters has been dealing with pain all his life.

He has sickle cell anemia, an inherited condition that causes blood cells that are usually round and flexible to take a crescent moon shape. Those cells don’t pass through the veins easily and block oxygen to areas of the body, causing severe pain.

Waters’ pain was controlled by opioids doctors prescribed: OxyContin and oxycodone. Sometimes the pain would be so rough he was admitted to the hospital for intravenous treatment.

But in 1997, things changed. In a way, Waters took his pain management into his own hands. Check out the full story

By Erica Morrison, OPB

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