Drug Overdoses Among Black Americans Skyrocketed During Pandemic, Researchers Say

  • Written by Danyella Wilder
  • Published on 25th June 2021
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  • 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. 


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