The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue

The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Behavioral Health Equity

Posted in: Opioid Addiction & Recovery, Race, Ethnicity & Culture

The opioid crisis has not abated and has had a significant impact on African American communities.This issue brief presents recent data on prevalence of opioid misuse and death rates in the Black/ African American population; contextual factors and challenges to prevention and treatment; innovative outreach and engagement strategies to connect people to evidence-based treatment; and the importance of community voice.