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Sharp Rise in Fentanyl Drug Overdose Deaths Across Social and Racial Lines

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Fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid drug, has been linked to a sharp rise in overdose deaths in the United States. Overdose deaths related to fentanyl rose across demographic groups, but according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the biggest increase involved the African American community, whose fentanyl-involved drug overdose deaths rose by 141 percent each year (from 2011 to 2016). The death rate for Hispanics rose 118 percent in that period every year on average, and 61 percent for non-Hispanic whites. To learn more about fentanyl and its effect on this country’s opioid crisis, read the entire article here.

In addition, an NVSS report  found that in 2011 and 2012, fentanyl was involved in roughly 1,600 drug overdose deaths each year, but from 2012 through 2014, the number of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled each year.

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