Drug overdose deaths have risen sharply among Black Americans during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic with men being the most affected group.
For years, the opioid epidemic has steadily contributed to the rise of deaths in Black communities as a public health crisis across the U.S., the Associated Press reported.
Research from the University of California, Los Angeles stated that Black people had the highest jump in overdose deaths last year with a 50% increase. The nationwide increase was 42%.
The Associated Press reports that drug-related deaths for Black people in St. Louis rose 33% during the pandemic, three times the rate of white Americans. Black men are now four times as likely as a white person to die of an overdose.