Sunday, June 16, 2024

Latinos Struggle with Rise in Opioid Overdose as Pandemic Triggers a Nationwide Surge

The federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) described the issue of uncontrolled opioid use in the Latino community as a matter of urgency in a special report released in 2020. With the COVID pandemic, the confinement, depression, and financial stress that it has caused, opioid use in the country has escalated. […]

The overdose death rate for Latinos has doubled in three years in Massachusetts.

A tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the horrors of detox, maybe 40 times, including this latest, which he finished two weeks ago. “I’m a […]