March 27, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that overdose deaths among Native Americans rose 60 percent faster than they did for the rest of the nation from 1999 to 2015 – and that the disparity may be even higher than that. (Photo/ep_jhu, Creative Commons)
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The opioid crisis has hit rural Native Americans significantly harder than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse because of racial misclassification on death certificates, federal data show.