Past Event

Helena Hansen – White Opioids: Race in the War on Drugs that Wasn’t

March 8, 2018
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
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Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th Street, Room 532B, New York

Speaker: Helena Hansen, New York University

This talk reports on a multi-year study that begins to answer the question of how the current “opioid crisis” became white. Interviews and observations of addiction scientists, pharmaceutical executives, policy makers, physicians and patients point to a convergence of hidden racial ideology in neuroscience, biotechnology development, drug regulation, marketing and media that has led to the current symbolism and demographic distribution of opioid overdose.

Free and open to the public, but RSVP required; please RSVP on the Columbia Population Research Center website.

Helena Hansen, MD, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry at NYU and a research scientist at Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. She has published widely in clinical and social science journals ranging from JAMA to Social Science and Medicine, on faith healing of addiction in Puerto Rico, psychiatric disability under welfare reform, addiction pharmaceuticals and race, and ethnic marketing of pharmaceuticals. She has received major funding from NIDA, the Mellon Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This event is sponsored by the Columbia Population Research Center and is part of their Seminar Series.