Prof. Bluthenthal interviewed for Voice of S.D. story on homelessness

A July 15 story in the Voice of San Diego on the factors driving black homelessness quoted Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and Associate Dean for Social Justice. The story noted: A recent analysis of Census survey data by left-leaning Center on Policy Initiatives noted that the city’s poverty rate among Blacks in the city was 22 percent – […]

Keck School’s Bluthenthal quoted in NYT story on rising overdose deaths

Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and Associate Dean for Social Justice, was quoted in a July 15 story in The New York Times on the rising number of drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. OD deaths fell for the first time in a quarter-century in 2018 but surged 5 percent last year. Nearly 72,000 Americans died from […]

Opioid epidemic may be driving illicit drug users to use needles sooner

Injection comes more quickly to those born in the ’80s and ’90s, increasing their risk of HIV, mental health disorders, overdose and early death Abuse of prescription painkillers may be driving a new phenomenon: users of illicit drugs turning to needles sooner than they used to, a new USC-led study suggests. “The prescription opioid epidemic […]