CHICAGO (CBS) — A report suggests the opioid problem in the city of Chicago, especially among African-Americans, is far worse than many believe.

Kathie Kane-Willis of the Chicago Urban League co-authored the report, which claims last year the opioid death rate among African-Americans in the city was 56 percent higher than for whites. WBBM’s Jim Gudas reports.

READ MORE: Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured After House Fire In Clearing

“The narrative that we hear from the news media is about the white, suburban, rural opioid epidemic,” she said.

READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Chilly Wind Monday Night

The report also claims while in the suburbs and among whites the main approach is treatment, the main strategy in Chicago among African-Americans is arrest and prosecution.

MORE NEWS: 'Your Life Does Not End Because You Have A Diagnosis': Shantel Smith Opens Up About Her Battle With Multiple Sclerosis Before 'Survivor'

Kane-Willis said she hopes the report raises awareness about the opioid problem among African-Americans and leads to more equitable treatment of opioid addicts regardless of race or location.