The Evolving Nature of the U.S. Drug Epidemic

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ngd-Drug use (both legal and illegal) is about a self-sustaining complex adaptive system, folks. If you push it here, it changes over there…

A NEW REPORT PROVIDES more evidence of the evolving nature of the U.S. drug crisis, showing increases in overdose deaths among people who used either cocaine or a psychostimulant like methamphetamine, whether alongside an opioid or not.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed changes in drug overdose deaths related to cocaine and psychostimulants like meth, MDMA and others between 2016 and 2017. The data showed nearly a third – 23,139 – of the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2017 involved cocaine, psychostimulants or both.

“From 2016 to 2017, death rates involving cocaine and psychostimulants each increased by approximately one-third, and increases occurred across all demographic groups, Census regions and in several states,” the study says.

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