Synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl) have driven the increase in drug overdose death rates in recent years, with the fastest rate increases being among non-Hispanic blacks. These findings are summarized in Blacks Experiencing Fast-Rising Rates of Overdose Deaths Involving Synthetic Opioids Other Than Methadone, an AHRQ Data Spotlight.
From 2013 to 2017, overdose deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased:
- 18-fold for non-Hispanic blacks
- 12-fold for Hispanics
- 9-fold for non-Hispanic whites
Death rates, however, remain highest among non-Hispanic whites.
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