(Inside Higher Ed, May 7) While the opioid epidemic continues to ravage American communities -- opioid-related fatalities tripled from 2000 to 2015 -- colleges largely have been spared by the crisis so far.
The opioid epidemic is often called the "equal opportunity" crisis, because the abuse of prescription opioids historically has hit white people harder than minority groups. (However, opioid-related overdose mortality rates are increasing at a faster rate among black people than white people.) But the epidemic does discriminate in terms of education, as it disproportionately affects poorer, more rural and less educated communities. Read more.