August 9, 2016 – David Singleton discussed why we as a society have reacted differently to the heroin problem versus the crack problem.
Here is David’s summary:
“Specifically, communities hit hard by the crack epidemic of the 80s and 90s (which largely, though not exclusively, impacted African Americans), viewed crack addiction as a criminal justice problem best addressed through incarceration rather than treatment. Today, by contrast, we have increasingly focused on using treatment to deal with the heroin epidemic (which mostly, though not exclusively, affects the white community). While I embrace treating addiction issues primarily as a public health — rather than criminal justice — issue, I remain troubled, though not surprised, by the role race has played in our different approaches to addressing these two devastating epidemics.”