Inside the Urban Health Crisis With Dr. Sampson Davis

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  • Black Health Issues
  • Gun Violence
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Using the Emergency Room for Primary Care
  • The Purpose of the ER
  • Fearing the Unknown
  • Promoting Health Education
  • The Importance of Health Insurance
  • How to Stay on Top of Your Health
  • Other Ways to Stay Manage Your Health
  • The Emergency Room Perspective
  • A ‘Pact’ for Health
  • The Power of the ‘Pact’
  • Giving Back
  • An Advocate for Health

Prescription Drugs

More than 30,000 deaths per year occur from accidental overdoses, outnumbering car accident deaths, according to Davis. “Prescription drug use is something that is plaguing our society and is accepted because it’s not taboo,” Davis said. “If you tell someone, ‘I am using Percocet,’ it’s more accepting than saying I am using heroin for my pain.” Among African-American adolescents from 12-17, usage was close to the national rate in 2010, at 2.9 vs. 3.3 percent

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