Opioid crisis is getting worse -- particularly for black Americans

The New York Times - The epidemic of drug overdoses, often perceived as a largely white rural problem, made striking inroads among black Americans last year -- particularly in urban counties where fentanyl has become widespread.

Although the steep rise in 2016 drug deaths has been noted previously, these are the first numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to break down 2016 mortality along geographic and racial lines. They reveal that the drug death rate is rising most steeply among blacks, with those between the ages of 45 and 64 among the hardest hit.