Half of Cook County’s confirmed opioid-related deaths have been among Black residents, even though they make up less than a quarter of the county’s population. Officials warn that the coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed the crisis.
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A report out of Chicago finds that the city’s 911 dispatch center is understaffed and doesn’t have clear policies around what information should get relayed on police scanners—creating the perfect environment for mistakes.