Opioid deaths among urban blacks rose 41% in 2016

The opioid death rate among African-Americans in urban areas is rising much faster than the comparable rate for white people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2015, African-Americans in urban counties died from opioids at a rate of 16.1 per 100,000 population. In 2016, that rate shot up to 22.7 per 100,000.

The comparable rate for urban white people was 25.6 per 100,000. So, the rate was still lower for African-Americans, but they are catching up quickly.

In rural areas, whites are still much more likely to die from opioids than African-Americans, with a rate of 19.6 per 100,000 population, vs. only 6.7 for black people.

Source: National Public Radio. Click here for more information.