White ER pain patients more likely to get opioids

An analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data about hospital emergency room visits from 1999 to 2020 found that among patients who complained of pain during their ER visits, white patients were more likely than Black patients to be prescribed opioid painkillers.

A line chart showing the probability of white pain patients in the ER getting prescribed opioids is reliably higher than the probability of Black pain patients getting those drugs prescribed.