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Changing face of fentanyl: The silent killer moving in Tampa Bay's Black communities

According to LIVE Tampa Bay, the opioid overdose death rate for Black Floridians increased 330 percent from 2014 to 2018.

Emerald Morrow

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Published: 6:23 PM EDT May 9, 2022
Updated: 4:22 PM EDT May 12, 2022

When it comes to drug use, addiction does not discriminate. However, the factors leading to it can.

New research shows deadly opioid overdoses are rising fastest among Black Americans, and experts say the pandemic made it worse. According to LIVE Tampa Bay, the opioid overdose death rate for Black Floridians increased 330 percent from 2014 to 2018.

"How this crisis affects our community is different than another community," said Rev. J.C. Pritchett, president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of St. Petersburg.