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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Drug Overdose Deaths in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted 9/28/2022

Recent reports highlighted racial and ethnic differences in US drug overdose deaths from 1999 to 2020.Overdose deaths increased 37.2% from February 2020 to August 2021 and were predominantly associated with synthetic opioids other than methadone (primarily fentanyl or analogs) and methamphetamine. Yet data are lacking regarding racial and ethnic disparities in overdose death rates within specific sex-age combinations before and during the COVID-19 pandemic (since March 2020)