Opioid Overdose Death Rate Rose Faster for People of Color

“We have developed an approach to opioid use treatment and services that has benefited White people disproportionately,” said Marc R. Larochelle, M.D., M.P.H. Frank Curran

The rate of opioid overdose deaths is rising faster for Blacks and other people of color compared with Whites, and current public health measures seem to be failing to reach these individuals.

One recent study of 8.3 million people living in 67 communities found that the rate of opioid overdose deaths stayed about the same between 2018 and 2019, about 40 deaths per 100,000.