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  • Writer's pictureAbenaa Jones

Fentanyl and COVID-19 pandemic reshaped racial profile of overdose deaths in US

“This is a crisis, and much of the nation is not aware of it,” Jones said. “Naloxone, known as NARCAN, has reduced deaths among people who use opioids, but if, for example, people who use cocaine do not know they are using opioids — as may be the case when fentanyl is cut into cocaine — then they may not feel the need to carry naloxone. Still, distribution of naloxone to older Black adults might save lives. Free distribution of fentanyl test strips might be another way to save lives. Most importantly, researchers and policy makers need to develop a better understanding of this crisis so that we can reverse the trend and save lives.” 

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