Black Opioid Overdose Deaths Surge in Four U.S. States, NIH Says

Sept. 9, 2021, 9:11 PM

Four U.S. states have seen a drastic rise in opioid deaths among Black people while rates for other groups stagnated or decreased, according to research backed by the National Institutes of Health.

Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio experienced a 38% overall increase in opioid overdose deaths for non-Hispanic Black people from 2018 to 2019, the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse said Thursday. The research findings came as part of a NIDA initiative for cutting down on opioid deaths.

“We must explicitly examine and address how structural racism affects health and leads to drug use and overdose deaths,” NIDA ...

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