Black Pennsylvanians 50% Less Likely to Receive Naloxone, Despite Soaring Overdose Deaths

recent study from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has found that Black people who died from opioid overdoses were half as likely as white people to receive the life-saving drug naloxone, otherwise known as Narcan. The study also found that Black overdose deaths in Pennsylvania increased by more than 50% between 2019 and 2021, compared with no change in white overdose deaths. A DOH representative said that similar rises in overdose deaths are being seen across the country, especially among Black, American Indian and Alaska Native populations, but researchers are still investigating what’s behind the spike. Read more.