CPRC Seminar - March 8

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to: 


White Opioids: Race in the War on Drugs that Wasn't"

presented by Helena Hansen


Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry

New York University

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Room 532B

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/cprc_hansen

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at Mailman.



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, policymakers, 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.


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.


For additional information regarding the Spring 2018 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars