While methamphetamine has been a problem in the United States for a long time, there is a rising concern about fentanyl use and fatal overdoses. However, the two drugs combined are adding another layer to the crisis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “[o]ver 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.” Now, there is an increasing number of overdoses that are being caused by a combination of multiple drugs.
Last year, 20% of the total fatal overdoses included an opioid like fentanyl and a psychostimulant, such as meth, according to preliminary federal information, per The Wall Street Journal. Ten years before that, those combinations only made up around 2% of fatal overdoses.
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