50 Black Clevelanders Have Died From Opioid Overdoses This Year, and Officials Are Worried – Atlanta Black Star
Fentanyl-related deaths among black drug users in Cleveland rose 900 percent between 2014 and 2016. (Image courtesy of Tumblr).
The nation’s opioid epidemic has generally been considered a “white people issue” affecting prescription pill poppers in rural America who’ve moved on to stronger opiates like fentanyl and heroin. However, a recent surge in opioid overdoses among African-Americans in the Ohio metropolis of Cleveland has left city officials extremely worried.
In 2016, 58 of Cuyahoga County’s 399 fatal fentanyl overdoses were of African-Americans, killed by a synthetic opioid that’s now responsible for nearly two-thirds of the U.S.’s overall fatal overdose …