U.S. fentanyl deaths are rising fastest among African Americans

ON THE RISE Overdoses from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, are growing fast among African Americans and Hispanics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Since people in the United States began dying from the fentanyl-related drug overdose epidemic, whites have been hit the hardest. But new data released March 21 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that African Americans and Hispanics are catching up.

Non-Hispanic whites still experience the majority of deaths involving fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. But among African Americans and Hispanics, death rates rose faster from 2011 to 2016. Whites experienced a 61 percent annual increase, on average, while the rate rose 140.6 percent annually for blacks and 118.3 percent per year for Hispanics. No reliable data were available for other racial groups.


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