An increasing number of African-Americans are dying from fentanyl overdoses — what has long been pegged as a problem primarily for white communities, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Non-Hispanic white people remain most affected by overall fentanyl overdoses, according to the analysis. African-Americans saw the sharpest increase in deaths, rising 140.6 percent each year. Hispanics experienced a jump of 118.3 percent annually.
"These are pretty astounding numbers in terms of the percentage increase per year," lead CDC researcher Merianne Spencer told HealthDay News.
Overdoses of fentanyl deaths for men also spiked from 2013 to 2016 at 2.8 times the rate for women.