Opioid Overdose Death Rate for US Black Population Is Higher Than for White

The fatal overdose rate among Black people surpassed that for white people in the first year of the pandemic, as an increasingly lethal drug supply and Covid-19’s destabilizing effects exacted a heavy toll on vulnerable communities in the US

The proliferation of the potent opioid fentanyl, and a pandemic that has added hazards for people who use drugs, are driving new records in US overdose deaths, and Black communities have been hit especially hard. Black people often have uneven access to healthcare including effective drug treatment, putting them at high risk, researchers and public-health experts say.

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