Spike in Drug Overdose Deaths Among Black Americans During Pandemic

More than 83,000 people across the country died from drug overdoses in 2020, according to the CDC, and a growing body of research suggests Black Americans have suffered the heaviest toll. Dr. Utsha Khatri, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and her team analyzed drug overdose data collected in Philadelphia during the pandemic. They found overdose deaths rose more than 50 percent among the city’s Black residents. By contrast, drug overdose fatalities among whites remained flat and, in some months, even dropped. Khatri’s findings were published January in a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Full NPR report: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/970964576/drug-overdose-deaths-surge-among-black-americans-during-pandemic

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