More than 1 in 10 Opioid Deaths Involved Methamphetamine in First 6 Months of 2018

According to data from the 25 states that participated in the CDC’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System in the first six months of 2018, the majority (62.6%) of opioid deaths co-occurred with one or more non-opioid drugs and 12.1% co-occurred with methamphetamine specifically (Gladden et al., 2019). Opioid deaths involving methamphetamine increased significantly by 14.6% from July–December 2017 to January–June 2018 (Gladden et al., 2019). During the same period, there were also significant increases in illicitly manufactured fentanyl deaths that co-occurred with non-opioid drugs, including benzodiazepines (11.3%), cocaine (14%), and methamphetamine (31%) (Gladden et al., 2019). These increases support previous reports and are consistent with increases in methamphetamine supply and methamphetamine use among people seeking treatment for opioid misuse (Gladden et al., 2019).”

CDC: Changes in Opioid involved Overdose Deaths by Opioid Type and Presence of Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine...pdf

NDEWS: Psychostimulant Involved Deaths Increasing Across the United States.pdf