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Embracing Change: Using Native Ways of Knowing to Combat the Opioid Crisis

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ATTC Embracing Change blog series post from National American Indian/Alaska Native ATTC

Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2022 showed a 39 percent increase in drug overdose deaths for Native people from 2019 to 2020. Only Black people had a higher increase (44 percent). Drug overdose deaths hit a record in 2021, with almost 108,000 deaths recorded. In late 2021, the CDC also reported that, although the overall suicide rate in the U.S. declined during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, suicide deaths for young adult males and people of color increased ā€“ possibly (at least in part) because people of color were more likely to lose their jobs and have poorer access to both primary and mental health services.

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November 17, 2022
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