Black Americans Hard Hit by Drug Overdoses in Urban Counties

Drug overdoses are on the rise among black Americans, especially in urban counties where fentanyl has become pervasive.

The New York Times reports the drug death rate is rising steeply among blacks ages 45 to 64. The findings come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which analyzed racial and geographic data. The CDC found drug deaths among blacks in urban counties increased 41 percent in 2016, faster than any other racial or ethnic group. In contrast, the drug death rate among whites in those same counties rose 19 percent.

The emergence of fentanyl in Washington, D.C. led the rate of drug deaths to double in a single year, the article notes. Drug deaths have also dramatically increased in cities including St. Louis, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Jacksonville, Fla.

How to Use Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Save Lives

A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life.

Naloxone- International Overdose Awareness Day 2017

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