As Overdose Rates Rise in Philly’s Hispanic Community, Racial Disparities in Healthcare Add to the Burden
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When one of Bryant Rivera’s clients tells him they’re ready to start addiction treatment, he knows to act fast. He helps them fight through the pain of withdrawal as they navigate a system where rehab beds are limited, and medicines to ease their misery remain heavily restricted by the federal government.
But when that client tells Rivera, a certified peer recovery specialist at Penn Presbyterian Hospital, they want a treatment center where they can speak Spanish, he knows his options are even more limited, and that the slim window of time to get ...