Soaring Overdose Rates in the Pandemic Reflected Widening Racial Disparities

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fight for america A new federal report found that fatal overdoses jumped 44 percent among Black people, twice the increase among white people, from 2019 to the end of 2020. Paramedics met with Larrecsa Cox, right, who leads an overdose quick response team, during an overdose call in Huntington, W.Va., last year.

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