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4 Your Health: race a factor in surviving cancer; drug addiction more deadly than ever

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Deaths from opioid abuse have skyrocketed over the past 15 years. That's according to a new study from Harvard University.

It shows people hospitalized for an opioid related condition are four times more likely to die now  than they were in 2000. Researchers said the increase is likely due to a spike in opioid and heroin poisonings.

These patients are also more likely to be white, low income and disabled.

Blacks use of cocaine

A separate study finds a rise in overdose deaths from cocaine among blacks.

Government researchers looked at death certificates between 2000 and 2015. They found cocaine is killing blacks at the same rate heroin and prescription drugs are killing whites.

Experts say better strategies are needed to prevent deaths from both cocaine and opioids.

Race and surviving cancer

A new study suggests there are still significant racial gaps when it comes to cancer survival.

Government researchers found black women were much more likely to die from ovarian and breast cancer in 2009 than white women. Blacks were also less likely to survive colon cancer and tend to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage of the disease.

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