Across the United States the number of deaths caused by opioid overdoses is quickly rising for Latinos and African Americans, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although the number of fatalities by overdose is surpassed by the population of white people, the numbers are growing at faster rates for Latinos, which increased by more than 52 percent between 2014 and 2016. The rate for African Americans increased by more than 83 percent.
Researchers suggest that fear of interacting with governmental officials and workers has kept Latinos from seeking medical treatment in many cases, as well as language barriers.
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