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Drug overdose deaths have increased by 44% among Black individuals since 2020.
Most overdose deaths were attributed to illicitly manufactured fentanyl.
A steep rise in drug overdose deaths during the pandemic led to greater availability of donor organs.
Someone dies of an overdose about every 5 minutes, often as a result of fentanyl and meth. Drug use also spurs HIV and hepatitis outbreaks.
West Virginia’s lawsuit against Janssen and others arrives amid a rise in HIV, hepatitis and overdose rates linked to the opioid crisis.
The White House strategy embraces syringe services, access to housing and naloxone as three science-based approaches.
More fentanyl in the drug supply increases fatal overdoses, but other factors also fuel the crisis in Black communities.
Fatal drug overdoses—mostly due to opioids, including fentanyl, but also meth and cocaine—spiked 28.5% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The study results, from 2019, precede the surge of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 94,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. last year. New York activists urge the new governor to OK overdose prevention centers.
Addiction advocates stress that COVID-19 shifted the burden of the opioid epidemic to African-American communities.
Researchers attribute disparities in mortality rates to COVID-19–related deaths and persistent health inequities.
But American Indians and Alaska Natives saw the sharpest increase in deaths involving methamphetamines. Here’s a possible solution.
The death rate spiked right after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Depression and anxiety have worsened since the pandemic, which has led to more people using drugs and alcohol.
A revamped National Harm Reduction Coalition tackles the “racist war on drugs” and advocates for people who use drugs.
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