More Black Americans are Overdosing on Opioids


Published: September 19, 2021

Health News Briefs

Recently released result of a study conducted before the pandemic hit found that overdose deaths for Black Americans increased by 40% between 2018 and 2019. This is especially interesting because when the opioid epidemic started in the early 2000s, it primarily affected rural white Americans. However, racial inequalities in the healthcare system, the prevalence of fentanyl, and homelessness in the Black population have contributed to increases in addiction and deaths. Sadly, the pandemic has only exacerbated this issue.

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