Publication date: Sep 30, 2021
“Many people who have died from the opioid epidemic or otherwise developed addiction are African American or other people of color living in urban areas. health officials believe the pandemic lockdowns and the availability of potent drugs last year dramatically increased overdoses and addiction rates. Simultaneously, opioid use among white Americans leveled off for the first time since the 1990s, when doctors began overprescribing the opioid painkiller that sparked the health crisis. “Opioid overdose deaths among African Americans have been on the rise since 2013, according to a study published in the journal Addiction. “Historically, the opioid epidemic has at times been painted as an epidemic of rural white working-class families, but opioids don’t discriminate,” Alexander told VOA. The pandemic lockdowns made it hard for people to attend support group meetings in person or visit their therapists. “Pandemic’s impactAccording to the CDC, between 1999 and 2019, nearly 500,000 lives in the U. S. were lost to overdoses involving opioids, both prescription and illicit types.
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