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September 14, 2015

Black Kids Get Less Pain Medicine Than White Kids in Emergency Rooms

Black Kids Get Less Pain Medicine Than White Kids in Emergency Rooms

In America many non-black people claim to be colorblind, but the data suggests otherwise.

A study by Dr. Monika Goyal of the Children’s National Health System in Washington and peers, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Pediatrics, found that black kids get less pain medicine than their white counterparts when visiting the emergency room for acute appendicitis.

Although pain medication is recommended for the condition, researchers reported on Monday that black kids were less likely to be treated with pain medicine.

“Black patients with moderate pain were less likely to receive any analgesia, and black patients with severe pain were less likely to be treated with opioids,” Dr. Goyal said.

From NBC News:

The researchers used national survey data from 2003 to 2010, covering more than 900,000 children with acute appendicitis. They thought studying appendicitis would be a good starting point since there’s broad agreement among experts that it’s a condition that merits pain relief.


Only 57 percent of the kids got anything for their pain in the emergency department, they found, and only 41 percent got an opioid drug. And just 12 percent of black children got an opioid drug for pain.

“Our findings suggest that there are racial disparities in opioid administration to children with appendicitis,” Goyal’s team wrote.

“Our findings suggest that although clinicians may recognize pain equally across racial groups, they may be reacting to the pain differently by treating black patients with nonopioid analgesia, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, while treating white patients with opioid analgesia for similar pain.”

Researchers also note that medical professionals fear giving opioids to children since there’s a danger of overdose and dependence.

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9 thoughts on “Black Kids Get Less Pain Medicine Than White Kids in Emergency Rooms

  1. Rick Manigault says:

    Perhaps the less injections/concoctions from Big Pharma the better.

  2. queenofmeanest says:

    I got 800mg of Ibuprofen when I had neck/ back surgery.  My husband had to contact our attorney, who contacted the physician and told him that if he did not prescribe morphine or something stronger, especially after surgery, he will contact all open malpractice cases against him and will take steps to put him out of business.  He eventually did, two days later, after I walked out against medical advice.

    His bill will not be paid and my attorney has contacted the attorneys in all of his malpractice cases.  He is the top ortho surgeon in the state.  I have seen white people go into the E.R. and get Oxycodone and other high power “meds” because they are addicted and the PAs are willing to write the script.

  3. TinaSue says:

    Such a beautiful little cutie pie baby photo.
    I wouldn’t worry about giving Black children more opiates.

  4. Sea Pea says:

    People die from too much pain. The heart can only take so much stress. So eveyone that says that less drugs are good are speaking from a place of comfort. You wouldn’t be saying this if you were in pain.

  5. Rick Manigault says:

    Tell that to Michael Jackson or all those kids they jacked up with ridilin.

  6. Sea Pea says:

    Michael Jackson was a grown man and ridilin is not for pain. You might as well bring Lamar Odom up too from your point of view. Same unrelated difference.

  7. whozit7 says:

    queenofmeanest I’m sorry you had to go through all of that just to get adequate medical treatment. No on should have to suffer on account of who you are.

  8. queenofmeanest says:

    whozit7 queenofmeanest 
    Thank you.

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