Cocaine Deaths Hit Record in U.S. as Opioid Overdoses Level Off

Oct. 23, 2018, 1:34 PM

While the opioid epidemic keeps claiming the lives of Americans, deaths from another drug are picking up.

In the 12 months through March, overdose deaths from cocaine rose 22 percent from a year earlier to 14,205, according to datathe week of Oct. 15 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, 46,655 people died from opioid overdoses in the same period, down 2.7 percent from the peak of 47,944 in 2017.

The figures might be a sign that the opioid epidemic is in its later stages, according to Daniel Ciccarone, a professor at the University of California ...

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