[Marxism] Black America catching up to whites - on opioid deaths
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Fri Dec 22 11:40:19 MST 2017
The epidemic of drug overdoses, often perceived as a largely white rural
problem, made striking inroads among black Americans last year —
particularly in urban counties where fentanyl has become widespread.
Although the steep rise in 2016 drug deaths has been noted previously
these are the first numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention to break down 2016 mortality along geographic and racial lines.
They reveal that the drug death rate is rising most steeply among blacks,
with those between the ages of 45 and 64 among the hardest hit.
Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the co-director of opioid policy research at Brandeis
University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, said it
appeared that many of the African-Americans who died were older men who had
become addicted to heroin during a previous epidemic in the 1970s. “Despite
beating the odds for the past 40 to 50 years,” he said, “they’re dying
because the heroin supply has never been so dangerous — increasingly it’s
got fentanyl in it or it’s just fentanyl sold as heroin.”
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