The Rising, Devastating Trends in Meth Use

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Overdose deaths increased 180% among U.S. adults, large study finds.

The number of overdose deaths involving psychostimulants besides cocaine — primarily methamphetamine — increased by 180% in recent years, a cross-sectional study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found.

Using data from both the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the National Vital Statistics System Multiple Cause of Death, overdose deaths increased from 5,526 in 2015 to 15,489 in 2019 (P<0.001 for trend), reported Beth Han, MD, PhD, MPH, and colleagues.

They noted that since 2017, individuals who reported past-year methamphetamine use also reported associated high-risk behaviors such as having methamphetamine use disorder (MUD) and use through injection — more frequently than they did lower-risk use patterns. This suggests an evolving pattern of riskier methamphetamine use behaviors among U.S. adults, the team suggested.

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