Older Americans, Black Men Increasingly Victims Of Opioid Epidemic, Analysis Finds.

January 12, 2022

TIME (1/12, Law) reports in continuing coverage, “Between May 2020 and April 2021, drug overdoses caused more than 100,000 deaths in the US, according to provisional data from the” CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Furthermore, “new analysis suggests that many of these deaths are from a somewhat surprising group: older Americans.” According to the new study, “[in] adults ages 55 and older, opioid overdose deaths rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019, surging from 0.9 deaths per 100,000 people to 10.7.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

        The Root (1/12, Womack) reports that U.S. News and World Report on Tuesday “reported that since 2013, Black men have had higher death rates among adults around the ages of 55 and older. They also reported the opioid fatality rate among Black men was four times higher than the average adult population.” NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow “extended the conversation about disparities in treatment to disparities in healthcare.” She told NPR, “If you are Black American and you have an opioid use disorder, you are much less likely to be prescribed medications for opioid use disorder.”

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