Meth-Related Overdose Deaths Nearly Tripled, NIH Research Finds (1)

Sept. 22, 2021, 3:02 PMUpdated: Sept. 22, 2021, 8:31 PM

Deaths linked to methamphetamine overdoses nearly tripled in recent years, indicating the public health crisis of substance misuse that takes tens of thousands of lives in the U.S. annually extends beyond opioids.

A study published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry found the number of overdose deaths involving psychostimulant drugs other than cocaine—largely meth— increased 180% from 5,526 in 2015 to 15,489 in 2019. Meth use only increased by 43% in that same time frame, suggesting that high risk behaviors such as mixing substances may be contributing to the increase in deaths.

The study’s findings are “telling us very clearly that we ...

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