The opioid epidemic has been heavily covered in the media, leading some to wonder if it is receiving so much attention because it predominantly affects white Americans. Recently, even we asked that question, looking into whether the just-as-prevalent cocaine epidemic among black Americans was cause for national alarm as well.

Now, the plot has thickened.

It turns out that not only are black Americans being affected by cocaine, but that black people are no strangers to opioids.

According to Vox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released new data that show opioid-related deaths have increased steadily among black Americans since 2011.


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