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KPCC special: How your culture impacts the user of painkillers




Carmen Morales shows some of the essential oils and herbal remedies she likes to use.
Carmen Morales shows some of the essential oils and herbal remedies she likes to use.
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LA County has lower rates of opioid use and abuse than much of the US.

Some research says one reason is the cultural resistance among many Latinos and other minorities to take pills for pain. KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust meets a woman who turned away from opioids to use such methods as a sobadora, a practitioner who uses body manipulation and herbs to heal her patients.

Larry speaks with Michelle about her reporting and opens up the phones to listeners to talk about whether their culture has played a part in how they see the use of painkillers and other medications.

Read Michelle’s story here.

Guest:

Michelle Faust, KPCC health care reporter whose story today looks at how cultural resistance among many Latinos and other minorities to take pills for pain has contributed to lower rates of opioid use and abuse in California