Drug paraphernals are increasingly popular among street addicts and criminals, but they’re becoming a major source of fentanyl overdose deaths.
The opioid crisis has created a fentanyl crisis, with overdose deaths quadrupling in the first three months of 2018, according to federal data.
The drug was discovered last year in China and was first identified in the U.S. in July.
The new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show more than 5 million Americans died of opioid-related overdoses in 2017, more than any year since 2006.
In that time, overdose deaths among non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics have more than tripled.
The data shows white people are the fastest-growing opioid-death group.
White Americans have a higher rate of opioid overdose deaths than any other racial or ethnic group, and more of them die from opioid-involved overdoses.
The number of whites who died from opioid overdoses has increased to 678,000 from 562,000 the previous year, according the data.
The death rate among whites with at least a high school education is the highest in the country, but the rate among blacks and Hispanics is the lowest.
Black Americans are twice as likely as whites to die from an opioid-drug overdose.
The numbers are similar for whites without a high-school education or a college degree.
About a third of Americans have tried opioid painkillers, according, but more than half of those people have used opioids at least once in their lives, the data shows.
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