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Addiction is hardest on communities of color.
Because Black Americans don’t have the same access to lifesaving resources, it can be harder for them to recover. And without the right treatment, more Black people die from fatal overdoses.
Between 2019 and 2020, fatal overdoses among Black people aged 15–24 increased by 86%. The NIH predicts that fatal overdoses among Black men in their 30s and 40s will increase significantly by 2025. And between 2015 and 2020, fatal overdoses among Black women rose nearly 150%, far exceeding increases in every other racial or ethnic group.
We must reduce barriers to proven treatment and recovery services for all people with addiction.
Check out these safe addiction resources
We’ve done the legwork to create a list that's specifically tailored to Black people.
Hear from Toni Mayes, social worker
Toni helps new moms navigate substance use disorders and be the best parents they can be.
Visit the Start With Hope website
It has harm-reduction tools and recovery information for Black people from all walks of life.
We're on a mission to transform addiction treatment so more people recover.
We're building a future where we treat people with addiction the same way we treat people with any other illness — with compassion and medical care that works.
We're working to end the devastation caused by fentanyl.
- Offer lifesaving information on recognizing the signs of an overdose in the community.
- Teach people how to use Naloxone, commonly known as "Narcan," ensuring readiness for emergencies. Learn how to use it >>
- Educate on fentanyl, overdose, infections, and health risks associated with drug use.
- Spread awareness about fentanyl testing strips to detect the drug in substances like heroin, meth, cocaine, and counterfeit pills. Learn how to use them and where to get them >>
- Partner with policymakers and other groups to support youth prevention programs and fentanyl-specific awareness campaigns.