Fatal Opioid ODs Keep Rising in Black Americans


MONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The decades-long U.S. opioid epidemic could be hitting Black people harder than white folks as the crisis enters a new phase.

Opioid overdose death rates among Black Americans jumped nearly 40% from 2018 to 2019 in four states hammered by the epidemic, researchers found.

Fatal ODs among all other races and ethnicities remained about the same during that time.

This represents a significant shift in the opioid crisis, which in the early 2000s largely affected white people in rural areas, said lead researcher Dr. Marc Larochelle, an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine.