Cocaine-fentanyl mix triggers rising OD deaths among African Americans in Greater Cincinnati

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The opioid crisis, once thought to be a scourge confined to whites, is taking hold among African Americans in Greater Cincinnati. 

Last year, 1 in 5 of 347 overdose-death victims counted by the Hamilton County health department was African American. In 2014, only 1 in 8 of the county's 248 fatal overdoses was of a black person, health records show.

The main culprit: Cocaine mixed with fentanyl.

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