AOAAM Statement Denouncing Racism and Inequality

June 09, 2020 1:16 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

The American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) would like to acknowledge the violent and traumatic events against our Black community.  The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others illustrate the racially driven brutality and violence in our society.  Systemic racism has not only impacted the criminal justice system, but also access to housing, employment, education, and healthcare.  The marginalization of Black individuals results in higher rates of chronic and acute illnesses, along with higher mortality rates from these illnesses.  We see this through the disproportionate numbers of Black Americans who developed and died from COVID-19 infection. Lastly, the impact of prejudice and discrimination on Black individuals affects their psychological well-being and may contribute to substance use.  The AOAAM supports the end of prejudice, racism, and violence perpetrated against our Black community and will do our part to help enact meaningful social reforms.

The mission of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine is to improve the health of individuals and families burdened with the disease of addiction.

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