Research to Move Policy — Using Evidence to Advance Health Equity for Substance Use Disorders

Racial and ethnic disparities in treatment access and outcomes among patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) have widened, despite substantial efforts to address the epidemic of drug-overdose deaths in the United States. Rates of overdose death are rising faster in Black, Latinx, and American Indian and Alaska Native populations than in White populations.

Addressing the overdose epidemic requires eliminating racial and ethnic disparities — along with socioeconomic, gender-based, and geographic disparities — in SUD prevention and care. Existing disparities highlight potential areas for improvement, including the translation of research findings into practice. Read more to understand ways to conduct and prioritize research that inform equitable SUD-related policies and outcomes.


Cultural Competency,  Health Equity,  Substances,  

Keyword Tags:

  • Anti-racism
  • cultural competency
  • health equity
  • policy
  • social determinants of health
  • stigma
  • substance use disorder
  • SUD